Somebody once asked me if I was to describe my life as a genre what would I say? Would it be a comedy, a grand drama perhaps, a coffee table book or……………
It took me a while to be able to relate my life to a genre and I’m sure this is going to be an ongoing process, however, I’m going to share what I already discovered and that’s what life is about. An exciting journey of discovery, passion, commitment, acceptance and perseverance!
The first 40 years of my life could certainly be called a chaotic tragic drama that was slowly unfolding. I had learned and experienced every kind of negative role modeling, and abuse to live my life in a really dramatic, unhealthy and chaotic way.
I would hope all children live, learn and grow in a wonderful loving environment and although I didn’t grow up that way, with a lot of work, my life turned out OK. Along the way I re-learned how to live life in a much healthier, happier, peaceful way.
With each passing year my life became more interesting and often very challenging, yet it was also very exciting and I was learning so much about myself and the world that I might never have done if I’d lived a different kind of life.
By the time I was in my 40’s, life had really become more like an adventure comedy. Still chaotic and often challenging but at least I could find humor in the situations I got into, especially the relationships. If I’d only had the knowledge then that I have now!
After being married for 25 years I was in the unknown world of building a business, dating, overcoming who I’d been told I was and how I should think I was finally starting to create who I really was, meaning the authentic me. Going through the dating scene as you get older can definitely be made into a chaotic romantic comedy movie.
When I was 50, having gone to school for a year, I received my certification as a master clinical hypnotherapist and stress management counselor and started what became, much to my surprise, a very successful private practice.
By the time I was in my late 50’s, due to a health condition, I had transformed myself again and received certifications in coaching and NLP and became a successful coach for women entrepreneurs and when I was 65 I wrote my first book that became an Amazon best seller and so came my If I can do it, you can too period?
Now I’m 75 and, although I still have quite a way to go I’m still working because I love it and still having fun, so the genre I would put my life into now would be an interesting humorous coffee table book filled with wisdom and experiences that anyone could pick up and find something they could relate to and learn from.
What I learned from doing this little exercise is that if you keep moving forward, persevere, find wonderful mentors and don’t allow fear or age to hold you back you can create anything in life that you want.
That’s the message I most want to convey from this. Never ever give up. It doesn’t matter how old you are, it’s never too late for anything.
I still learn every day. I’m much more careful who I allow into my life, I surround myself with positive thinking people, I no longer tolerate what I don’t want and I know it’s OK to not agree with everyone else. Today’s genre would be an ever evolving lifestyle that is wonderful, peaceful and happy.
How I would see my genre in the coming years I can’t tell you at present but I will know when I get to a certain point.
I encourage you to answer the question for yourself. However old you are at present this is a question worth answering. “If you had to give your life a genre, what would it be?”
Be honest because if you’re not, the only person you fool is you. The answer might be very interesting and teach you something new about yourself.
Whatever genre you see for yourself you’re a brilliant light in this world so boldly let
the brilliance shine.
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