“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven; a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted”. — Ecclesiates 3:1-2
And a time for mid life, which happens in it’s own unique way for virtually everyone. For some, like me, it can easily last a decade. For others, perhaps it comes and goes over a weekend.
The essence of a mid life crisis is that it’s a time for reflection, and asking:
- “How did I get to this point in my life”?
- “Is this where I thought I wanted to be”?
- “What is the purpose of my life”?
- “Is there anything I need to change”?
- “Can I change it, and is it even worth it”?
Life is hard. There is no manual telling us exactly what to do. There are so many unpredictable things that change, destroy or inspire our plans. It’s up to each of us to choose wisely.
Hot & naked? Neither.
Hot and bothered maybe, but not hot and naked. There’s a temptation to use sexual innuendos to sell things.
It’s pervasive. So much so that this blog post title actually caused a reaction that was opposite of it’s purpose.
My purpose is simply to vent a little about how passively lives are lived. And it almost feels, to me, like people have given up the will to work hard.
Hard work. It’s the only way, at any age.
While the title was read with the wrong purpose, it was written with the right intent.
If you have the will but are finding the way difficult, Mid Life Celebration’s intent is to reach as many people fitting this description as possible.
“Outside a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read”. — Groucho Marx
I read every day. Currently reading Seth Godin’s Purple Cow.
It’s a book about what it takes to be remarkable. If you saw a herd of cows in a big field and one of them was purple, that would be remarkable. It’s a business book.
And yet, I can’t help but correlate it to life, especially mid life.
There’s a temptation, in mid life, to think that we are past prime and there’s no point to reinventing ourselves.
“It is an old ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way”. — Rollo May
I’m tempted to question myself. Why? Because many I talk with, think I’m crazy to believe that people will want to change if the right recipe comes along.
There is a secret recipe. Everyone knows it. But because we ignore it, it remains a secret.
The secret is, “work hard and find your purpose”.
Most people don’t want to do either. I certainly didn’t. Most of my life was, “Work hard, play hard”. That’s a catch phrase for, “Hurry up, we’re lost”.
Then I regained consciousness and started looking around. There’s much work to be done. The harvest is great, the workers are few.
Mid Life Fanatic. Why yes, yes I am.
Why wouldn’t anyone want to be a mid life fanatic? Actually, why wouldn’t anyone want to be fanatical about life? Period.
Fanatical. Defined as excessive enthusiasm.
Enthusiasm is just another word for attitude. Attitude is up to you. No one else. Period.
We get one chance to have enthusiasm. It’s the time between our birth and our death.
Ya with me? Seriously. Are you with me? Carpe diem 🙂