Thursday, June 24, 2010

Are We Ever Too Old to Start Enjoying Our Work?

I saw a blog last night and I could tell feel this great energy coming from the writing the minute I read her first post. She is full of enthusiasm, engaging, and, my guess, an optimistic extrovert that will live to be past 100! I was surprised and delighted when I saw the author's age was 78! Cara Lumen is a great inspiration to all of us thinking of leaving our jobs and starting over after the age of 50.  I invite you to check out Cara's blog, http://caralumen.com/wordpress/ and see for yourself.
I don't think it was an accident that I found Cara last night and let me tell you why.  I have been hard at work now for almost a year since leaving my corporate job trying to find a focused way to channel my passions and talents.  It has taken some work and patience for the mud to start settling for me.  And I won't lie and say every day has been easy and fun, but I can say it is a labor of love and I am committed.  As a result, I am starting to make a little headway.  I am beginning to see how fun this can be.  I am realizing the deep satisfaction of supporting myself on my own terms by my own rules, in my own way.  Finally, I am getting glimpses of what people mean when they say there is no lines of distinction between their work and their life.  So I was telling my husband last night how sad I am to just now be finding this out at my age. Why couldn't I have found this at age 27! We decided that I might still be doing work I love for at least another 10 to 12 years. But then I found Cara.  It was one of those divine synchronicity moments that was meant to show me another perspective. Cara inspired me!  Who says we have to quite working at 62, 72 or even 92?  Wow, suddenly years of creativity was added to my life!
Now I don't want to preach, but, people, wake up!  Start now, wherever you are, to start training yourself to do work that you would love to do for the rest of your life.  Don't just settle in go to work in some dead end boring job until your old enough to retire, but too tired and depressed to care.  Find a way to make money that makes your heart sing now!   We are all born with gifts and talents that we can use to serve in a way that feels like play! I  Our biggest responsibility is to ourselves, our children, even to society to do what we came here to do.  You will be guided.  You will be supported.  Can you imagine what a wonderful world this would be if we all loved our work like Cara does? It would change the world.  That is my mission.  Examine your life and find one small way to start the shift today.  It's worth it!