Do you ever feel as if your life might have been different? As we reach midlife we have the luxury of time and reflection. Sometimes we regret certain decisions that we have made or paths we did not take. However, we have the ability to STILL FOLLOW OUR DREAMS if we want to – it’s never too late!
When I look back on my life and talk with others in my age demographic, I realise that quite a few of us are still seeking ‘approval’ from our family and friends when we should be at a time in our life where we have the courage and self-confidence to ‘be who we are’ and not how others want us to be.
We feel this way perhaps, because of the environment we were brought up in, or the way our education or workplace helped to shape our lives. However, there must come a time when we say ‘enough is enough’ and we won’t accept the negativity from others who try to hold us back.
I’ve written before about achieving our dreams and not letting others dampen our spirit or the will to achieve. There will always be those who are critical of anyone who tries to go beyond their normal day-to-day life, because they are afraid to make any changes in their lives. In Australia, we call this the ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome’, people like to see achievers fail, because they themselves don’t have the capacity or don’t want to try to achieve their own goals.
Unfortunately, we see that these people are usually friends, or they can be family members and sometimes even partners in life.
There comes a point in life where you need to make a CHOICE!
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We are so concerned with what other people think about us that we don’t move forward. We let go of our dreams and goals because we are too worried about upsetting the status quo.
Unfortunately, there will always be those who try to pull you down, because of their jealousy, (because they can’t or won’t try). Perhaps it is their fear, because they know that if you do follow your dream, there may not be a place for them in your life.
Well who needs negativity! Get that vision board out and start revisiting and following your dreams!
I started my blog almost a year ago, and I was too embarrassed to tell anyone in case they may have said ‘why would you want to do that?’, ‘what would you have to say?’. Well after 200 odd posts, guest posts and almost 2,500 positive comments, I think I made the right decision for me by taking the plunge.
As a result, my confidence has soared and I am happy and contented. I love my life and although I am human (really??? you say!!!), and sometimes don’t feel so ‘sparkly’, I try to look at all that I have and feel grateful.
You can too!
You may not want to write a blog, you may want to plan a long overdue holiday or you may want to change careers or study. Whatever your dream, don’t give up on it and certainly don’t let others make you give up.
Yes, as we get older, our bodies may let us down and it is easy to fall into an ‘I’m too old for this’ syndrome. What we should be doing is trying to find the positives in our lives and concentrating on those. Who wants to be known as a ‘grumpy old woman or man’? I certainly don’t! I’ve had my fair share of those throughout my life and I know they are definitely not fun to be around!!!
Lead by Example
We should be trying to set an example to our children and grandchildren and perhaps also those who have negative attitudes to life.
Would we want our children or grandchildren to hold back from achieving their goals and dreams because of what others might think or say? Of course not! So why do we? Think about it – are you a role model? Perhaps this thought will give you the incentive you need.
You have ONLY ONE LIFE so make the most of it!
Life is too short to be held back by others and the negativity as the saying goes “Don’t let anyone EVER dull your SPARKLE!”
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Let’s Keep Sizzling!