By Marlene Caraballo
When I was a kid people said anyone over thirty was over the hill. Now, at fifty-four I call B.S.
The “hill” is not any particular age and when we reach the peak is different for everyone. Being over the hill is a choice. Our choice.
Midlife can be a time of personal growth and of renewed vigor – not a time to go down hill. If we want to have our best year ever after fifty, we have to work for it. We have to mindfully commit to doing whatever it takes to make it happen.
So where to begin? Start by grabbing a notebook and writing down how you would describe your best year ever. Does it mean travel, returning to interests you’ve let slide, getting in shape, selling your home, adopting a rescued animal? We can’t have our best year ever if we’re not honest and clear with ourselves about exactly what it would look like. What it would feel like.
Once you’ve written down, as specifically as possible, what would make the next twelve months your best year ever – it’s time to plan an attack. How will you methodically take steps each day, week and month to make it happen? Commit to keeping track of your actions taken, no matter how small, toward making your best year ever a reality.
Example — if your best year ever involves getting into shape, your first action might be scheduling a check-up with your doctor for the all clear. Following actions might be committing to walk a certain distance every day – gradually leading up to your fitness goal. You might end up doing a 5K! Or maybe your end goal is be fit enough to go hiking with your kids or grandkids on a family vacation.
Dream big! Stop making excuses! Yes, 2019 can be your best year ever! The only obstacle you have is yourself. Now get going!
One day at time, do the work and make it happen. A year from now, you’ll be celebrating the amazing year you had, your incredible uphill progress and your goals for 2020!