Yes, we should “roll with it”, mid life, that is. There is no avoiding it. Is there? Maybe if our lives are cut short, we could avoid mid life, but that’s really the only way. Who wants that?
Not me. So what can a person do? Why not “roll with it“. A phrase I learned a long time ago. It means to take whatever you are given and “roll with it“, or make the most of it.
If you can’t change what you are given or presented with, why not make something good from it? Because if we don’t, then we are destined, it would seem, to complain. Who wants that? Here, let me demonstrate how simple this concept is. Please pay attention, it’s over in ten seconds.
“Every Man is guilty of all the good he didn’t do”. — Voltaire
This thought almost has me speechless. Seriously. Wow.
This is a profoundly simple, yet simply profound statement. Why?
It signifies, perhaps, one of the original seeds of mid life crisis. We get to mid life and question, “What the heck happened to all my plans to do great things”?
If we are strong enough and focused enough, to have the will to turn our mid life crisis into a mid life celebration, we can realize a second chance in life. It’s up to each one of us. And yes, it will NOT be easy, but it will be worth celebrating. Big time!
“Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still”. — Chinese Proverb
I just wrote a blog post at jeff noel.com about this very subject. About wondering if now is the right time, if the current approach is the right approach.
This type of potential self-doubt and potential fear, can sabatoge us from breaking through to something we can be great at. And something we should be great at. It’s just that we are late bloomers and are playing catch up.
This time delay – from creating a compelling vision – to it actually materializing, takes way longer than most people can comprehend. This is why people give up and stop,
So, be not afraid of going slow. Be afraid of stopping.