”I think midlife is when the universe gently places her hands upon your shoulders, pulls you close, and whispers in your ear:
I’m not screwing around. It’s time. All of this pretending and performing – these coping mechanisms that you’ve developed to protect yourself from feeling inadequate and getting hurt – has to go.
Your armor is preventing you from growing into your gifts. I understand that you needed these protections when you were small. I understand that you believed your armor could help you secure all of the things you needed to feel worthy of love and belonging, but you’re still searching and you’re more lost than ever.
Time is growing short. There are unexplored adventures ahead of you. You can’t live the rest of your life worried about what other people think. You were born worthy of love and belonging. Courage and daring are coursing through you. You were made to live and love with your whole heart. It’s time to show up and be seen.”
~ Brené Brown
We all go through phases of development, Eric Erickson talked about the stage of middle adulthood as generativity vs. stagnation. One of the biggest risks of this stage is feeling a sense of stuckness and disconnection from what you love. I like to think of middle adulthood as being called the heart time. It is time to invest in your heart. To trust your heart wisdom over your mind.
Prior to that the intellect, and logic have priority with career, family, children, and achieving material success.
Later in mid-life you may have the house, the job the children. What is left? Your heart, your unexplored passion, the depth of your soul, asking yourself who am I now?
This is what your 50’s are about.
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