Who Are You?

teacher-ee35b30621_150Menopause can be a time of deep reflection. Things that were taken for granted no longer seem to fit. You work a job for so many years, and now suddenly wonder if there is not something else you should be doing, something that helps others and you feel like you can make a difference.

Who are you? Yes, you can give your name, address, marital status, age, and occupation, but these things only make up a small part of your life.  You were put on this earth for a special purpose that no one else can fill.

Now that you have raised your family, it is time to concentrate on yourself and what makes you happy.  It’s not easy after putting everyone’s needs above your own, but it is exciting to think you are starting a new chapter in your life.

How do you find out what your true purpose is?  Think of some things you are good at and enjoy doing. Do you like to paint, write, teach kids, work with animals, travel? Are you a people person or prefer to work alone?

If you’re not sure, grab a pen and paper and start jotting down ideas. Let yourself write freely, and list any idea that comes to mind. Later, you can go back and edit out anything that doesn’t fit.

What would you work day look like if you could do the things you enjoy? For one thing, you wouldn’t have to hit the snooze button ten times, and burrow back under the covers, too bummed to face the day. Think about how much energy you would have, and the hours would fly by, and wouldn’t even seem like work. The feelings of pride in doing work that makes a difference will last way beyond the work day.

Who are you and have you found your special purpose in life?