Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Midlife Clarity

That sounds much better than midlife crisis, doesn't it? I wish I could take credit for the term, but I borrowed it from Kenny Loggins.  I had one (midlife clarity) in my early 30s.  It was a period of re-evaluating all aspects of my life - work, relationships, spirituality, health. It was a difficult period, but I came out better for it.  And my journey has been very fulfilling.

I always thought that was it - I went through my midlife clarity early, and I was set for the rest of my life. Ha! I realized last month that I'm going through another one. (Don't worry, I won't bore you with the gory details.) I suppose it makes sense - we are continually changing, as is the world around us. We evolve and grow, and our path changes as well. It is not always comfortable, though. However, I found that just the recognition of it has helped me obtain some peace and clarity.  Before, I just felt a sense of disconnection and malaise. Now I am a bit more forgiving of myself and I am more focused on working through it. I know I can't rush it - things will all become clear in their own time.  What I can do is allow space for the discomfort and unknowing.

How have you emerged from your own midlife clarity?  


  1. Oh Dear! Sorry to hear that you've been struggling, but glad to know that you now recognize the problem.
    I guess we all go through it, some of us more easily than others. You seem to have a handle on yours.
    I love your book, but just haven't had time to either blog about it, or really study it. That will begin soon!


    1. Yes, I have a handle on things and am feeling very positive about it now.

      Glad you like the book. You've got your hands full in Jane LaFazio's class right now - sounds like a great time!

  2. Naming things and thus acknowledging is an excellant start. I always did that when I was giving my first lecture to a new class. I would be nervous, so I just told them I was nervous and that eliminated the problem. If nothing is working out for me, I go to the river with a good book! That's a good way to wait it out until I feel like me again.

    1. I like your river and book idea. Nothing like being outside in nature - then I feel like I can handle anything. By the way - did you see the beautiful almost-full moon last night? Still time to check it out tonight!


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