If it does, don’t feel like the Lone Ranger. Many men and women every year have these same emotions. That doesn’t help with the emotions surging through you right now, but at least you know that you are not the only one in this boat. A boat that feels like it is taking on water and slowly sinking into years of “What am I going to do now? Sit and watch “THE PRICE IS RIGHT” in my recliner? Day after day?”
So. What do you do, if this scenario has become all too real in your life?
Well, first of all, for your own peace of mind decide to change your mindset from despair and depression, to hope and possibilities. Decide that you can make this a good thing. A chance to explore what you might have done, could have accomplished, like to have made your career…if life had been different.
Secondly, take a long deep look inside of yourself. Go back – waaay back, and let yourself remember a dream from so many years ago. A tugging, that hunger that you felt as a kid to do “t-h-i-s”…before life situations dictated what you would do with your life.
Lastly, put feet to that dream. No, you probably are not going to be a place kicker for your local high-school football team. You are not going to become a Miss America. And you will most likely never be a famous architect. But you CAN get involved in that area of life, in some way.
Go back and take that class. Get involved in what has always interested you. Make a contact and volunteer in that field. It is never too late to pursue a hobby, take a part-time job you would love, chase your long-ago dream.
Become determined to not let this change in your life be a bad change. Decide that this is your chance to re-create the rest of your years. As the old adage aptly says, “Me – retire and do nothing? Shoot, no! I’m just re-tiring this vehicle so I can drive it until the engine totally dies!”
Decide and then do it.
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