My reason for starting a blog at 40 began as I was staring down the remaining months left before my 40th Birthday. As questions about what I have so far accomplished in my life began flooding my mind, I started to feel anxious.
In my musings of my life, I couldn’t help but wonder, where on earth did the years go? I felt that time was running by so quickly and there was still so much I wanted to do and have yet to do in my life.
I couldn’t believe I was turning 40!! I was ready to embrace my new age as long as I don’t look anywhere near 40! I wasn’t ready for that!
At the time, I was in an awful job that I hated with a passion for 7 years. I worked as a Commercial Insurance Producer/Broker. That job consumed my soul each and every day. It just didn’t fit in with the life I wanted to live. It was beyond boring and I just didn’t want to do it anymore. I didn’t have the time or the desire to go back to school and switch career paths. I felt stuck.
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TIRED OF WAITING FOR LIFE TO BEGIN
What does starting a blog have to do with anything? Well, have you ever got the feeling that you are just continuously waiting for life to begin? I often thought of that. It seemed that my dreams and aspirations were always kept out of reach because I was always too busy.
Too busy doing all the things I have to do to try and balance home, work, and life. But, the truth is, I wasn’t living. I was just always waiting for life to begin. Everything I wanted to do was always someday away. A week, a month, a year, 3 years, 10 years. . . away.
I felt frustrated by the rapid passing of time. Just continuously wondering. When do I start actually living? When will I begin creating the life that I want? I wanted time to stand still for a little while. Could it, please?
But, we all know that that isn’t possible.
For many years now, probably my whole life, I have always danced with the idea of being a writer. In fact, it’s one of the things that keeps calling to me. But, for some reason, things just kept getting in the way. Before I got into the corporate world 6 + years ago, I was in the early stages of working on an English degree. But, I had to put that on hold to get a job during the recession to help my husband support our family.
So, I put my writing off for yet another few years.
My blog is my way of getting into the habit of writing every day. Maybe one day I’ll get inspired to write a novel. Maybe I won’t. I have no idea, but it’s somewhere on my list.
A LITTLE BIT OF WISDOM
Before I turned 40 – dare I say. . . I received a little visit from the fairy of wisdom. You know, that little voice in our head that knows better, but we continuously choose to ignore it? Yes, that one! What, pray tell, did the fairy of wisdom say to me?
Well, it goes something like this . . .
IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN?
The fairy of wisdom poured (more like dumped) a big pale of icy cold sprinkle dust on me to wake me up from my deep slumber. You see, as the years go by, we begin to realize that there is more to life.
More to life than to abide by the rules that both our employers and society has set for us. I wanted more out of my life. Way more!
I wanted to wake up happy each and every day! I wanted to be outside more (go for a walk, go to the beach, go for a run, smell the roses. . . anything). I wanted to connect with myself more. I wanted to be FREE!! Was that too much to ask?
I decided to start a blog at 40 because I wanted to begin living a creative life. Like in Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (love that book!). I wasn’t cut out for the corporate world. Nor did I ever want to aspire to be cut out for it! No, thank you!
The corporate world lacked all creative expression and I found it utterly boring.
I am happy to say, it definitely wasn’t a place for me. I wanted to create my own path. I wanted to be inspired by life, not consumed by it.
I wanted to knock on the door of inspiration and see what it has in-store for me. I wanted inspiration to guide me to create things. New things, creative things, through my writing. I have no idea where this road will lead, but I am thrilled by the possibilities of the unknown.
I wanted to create a life where I can still work and have the time freedom to do all the things I want to do with my life. I can do that with my blog.
I can write sitting on the beach, in a coffee shop, a restaurant, a park, sitting poolside. Anywhere and Everywhere. What’s not to love about that?
You see, for my whole life, I always felt like I had to ask for permission to do something. My life was always left in the hands of others. I didn’t want that anymore.
I wanted to have control over my own life. I wanted to make a good living and to contribute to my family’s income without having to sacrifice time away from my kids. I wanted to finally begin to live.
I also wanted to write. Writing allows me to express myself in a way that really helps me get to know myself a little better. We all have something beautiful inside of us that yearns to express itself through us.
Will we be brave enough to let out that beautiful expression? Or, will we keep it hidden? Buried deep inside the depths of our soul?
40 IS THE PERFECT TIME
I think many of us begin to re-examine our lives as we approach 40. And sometimes, it hits us like a ton of bricks when we realize how unfulfilled we really are. We begin to realize that the only way things are going to change is if we change them.
We can either choose to continue on our unfulfilled path. Or, we can begin taking massive action to create a new path. Is it easy? NO! It’s hard! Very hard! But so is continuing to live a meager existence hoping for things to one-day get better.
You can pick your own pain. I choose to create my own path. Walking into the unknown with arms wide open. Ready to stumble, ready to fall flat on my face, ready to pick myself back up, dust myself off and carry on with fervor and tenacity.
I’m excited to see where this new adventure will lead me to.
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