Women Over Fifty—Break Out of Your Bag
Most of us remember when the question of the day was, “what’s your bag?” This, of course, was the hip way of asking what someone did. And, it’s still groovy to have a bag; goals to aspire to and a direction to follow. But, when was the last time you reexamined your life’s path?
Menopause is a huge biomarker in a woman’s life. It creates profound hormonal, physical, and psychological transformation in many areas of our lives. This extensive renewal and rebirth requires sufficient soul searching to be successful.
In her book, Inventing the Rest of Our Lives, Suzanne Braun Levine calls this deliberation phase “the fertile void.” Levine explains that taking the time for self-contemplation, rather than being an act of analysis paralysis, is a critical and indispensable element for aging successfully and with purpose.
So, take some time to reexamine your bag. Are you living in ways that support what you value? Are you waking up with a sense of excitement and anticipation? Are you making an effort to stretch and grow in new directions?
If the answers to any of these questions is “no,” it might well be time to take a trip into the fertile void, reassess what you want out of life, and break out of your well-worn bag (the one you’ve been in for years). After all, when you think about it, who among us wants to be referred to as “an old bag!”