Here’s some thoughts that ought to help set the stage for the creation of a spectacular 2nd half of life: The primary goal of life is to die with no regrets. In other words, causing your life to thrive today and always. How is that different than what you’ve always done? The difference is in the definition of “thrive”.
This is not a passive approach, but an aggressive one. I’m not here to help you make excuses for why your life isn’t thriving in every area, nor am I here to support your belief that your age makes you unsuitable for any realm of greatness. Here’s what it means to thrive:
Until that describes your life, you may not have reached your full potential for thriving.
The foundation for realizing a life that is thriving in every area—not just a few, but every area—will be based in the quality of your thinking first. This separates authentic “thriving” from the clinical interpretation that equates to procreating. In modern life we are clearly pretty good at procreating; we are not so good at thriving. When you multiply in the absence of thriving, you simply add to the hordes of malcontents. In any sense that matters to any living thing, thriving must include your attitudes about life and a sense of control. A point which should have us all asking ourselves how we’re doing in that regard. Thriving is an internal experience first, then an external one.
The external aspect of thriving involves your capacity to interact with the natural world. Capacity is a matter of degree, not an absolute; more is better so none of us are “there”. And measuring your state in a natural environment is crucial to the value of that measurement. The requirements for interacting with an artificial world—anything and everything man-made—are tragically low. A tragically low experience is the opposite of thriving.
How did we ever move away from a thriving life anyway? We abandoned it when we believed the people who told us that they would help us skip the hard parts of life with no downside other than the fee they were charging for their shortcut. They distracted us with bright shiny objects that kept our eyes off the prize for a while, but eventually we realized that it had all been a sales job. So, from now on, please remember that the vast majority of free enterprise is based on convincing us that we can pay our way out of the hard parts of a thriving life. T’ain’t so.
So, that’s the whole story: avoiding the less comfortable parts—physical and mental—of creating a life that thrives accounts for all of the regrets, disappointments, and emptiness that we may currently feel. Maybe you didn’t avoid them all, but are you aware what they are? Or which ones you did avoid? And are you aware which ones were perhaps just neglected a little? This is important to know. The answer is written in the article elsewhere on this site titled “Pillars Of Life“.
To live a life that is thriving is what we’ve set about to define, because without that we’re just wandering in the desert and susceptible to adopting the perceptions of aging from those who are threatened by it. A thriving life is available to everyone, but few will value it like those that have the experience of conducting a “shortcut” to life first. So for anyone who is truly ready to create a life that thrives, remember that “easy” and “rewarding” are 2 different paths. Which one you will be happier with in the end is the one that matters most.