Midlife brings new meaning to your life

This week for Meaningful Mondays, I asked 5 of my favourite blogging friends to tell me what they felt brought meaning to their lives.  Five women over 50 all enjoying midlife and beyond with lives that are rich, not in money terms necessarily, but in being happy and content with their lives.

If you missed the post, you can read it here : 5 Women over 50 share their thoughts on what brings meaning to their life

Midlife brings new meaning to your life

It was interesting that family, friends and faith rated as meaningful parts of these ladies’ lives, however, what I also loved was that doing something for themselves was also important.

This made me think and I ask the question of you:

What are you doing for YOU to bring meaning to your life?

Midlife is a time of FREEDOM for most of us.  Freedom from the responsibilities of family, working and being there for everyone but ourselves.  Midlife is the time to explore who we are and what we want from the rest of our lives.  Of course,  it is also a time to share and create memories with our partner, family and friends which adds to the fullness of our life.

I’ve realised that FREEDOM can bring meaning to life.  The ability to finally be able to do WHAT WE WANT TO DO, WHEN WE WANT TO DO IT!

So again I ask the question:  WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR YOU TO BRING MEANING TO YOUR LIFE?

Midlife bring new meaning to your life

 

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10 thoughts on “Midlife brings new meaning to your life

  1. Leanne | crestingthehill

    One of my friends is in a very dark place indeed and it has been caused purely by her not finding something meaningful in her life to fill up her time when her children left home. It is vital to create a life that is fulfilling and not expect family to fill it – you need lots of interesting things to keep you interesting.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes for some women who have devoted their life’s work to their children it is really a shock when they become ’empty nesters’. I agree we need things to keep us interesting otherwise we just sit and watch TV all day or feel inadequate.

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  2. Shirley Corder

    I agree with Leanne. When moms (and dads sometimes) fill their lives with their children and only their children, the empty nest hits very hard. Even before the nest empties, the baby birds become independent and don’t need their parents any more. (At least, that’s what they think, and the message they often portray.) What am I doing? I write – and I blog (okay, still writing)! I also make cards and I’m deputy leader of a senior choir. I’m busy. Too busy. That’s the next hazard of the “retired life”.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh yes Shirley, the next hazard ‘retired life’. I asked myself how did I find time to work full time because I have so much going on in my life. I need to really focus on some balance otherwise I will burn out and not enjoy this great time of life. You sound like you have a full life too! Enjoy! xx

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  3. Beth (GrannyBeth3)

    For me, it’s been the independence. I get to build on good things, get rid of what doesn’t work, and even start new construction on my life. It’s the first time in my life when it’s on my terms. Oh there are lots of crisises sandwiched together; grown children, parents, health, and financial- but that’s part of the adventure. I have the tools to deal with has come down the pike and still make and keep my own version of my life.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I agree Beth. Having our independence especially as we get older is so important. I feel the same when you say it is the first time when it is on your terms. We know what we want finally from life and have the confidence to go and get it. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by xx

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      It is a great feeling to use your talents Janet and I think teaching others and seeing them grow is inspiring and satisfying. Have a fabulous week!

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  4. Leslie Clingan

    In some ways I feel a sense of freedom at this stage of my life, but on the other hand, I often feel pulled in a half dozen different directions. I have found that I am more intentional about doing things I really enjoy doing, and finding time for creative outlets that I didn’t have much time for when my children were little and at home.
    Leslie @onceuponatimehappilyeverafter.com

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yes I know exactly where you are coming from Leslie. I have retired but seem so busy with the blog, ensuring Mike’s Mum has settled into her aged care facility and minding my grandson each Wednesday. It is all about trying to find the right balance which isn’t always easy. Have a great week!

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