I recently listened to an interview Oprah had with comedian Tina Fey. Tina, like me, is turning 50 years old this year, and she told Oprah this was her reboot year.
Tina says, “I’m at an age where, all the things I thought I ever wanted to do, I did them.”, She goes on to say, “I’m trying to be quiet, take things in, read, listen and wait for something inside me to tell me what the next thing is I want to do.”
YES, I thought to myself. When I look back at my adulthood, it has largely been about accomplishing goals, getting to the next place and doing the things I thought I was supposed to do.
Like Tina, I feel like I’ve done the things I wanted to do. Today, things that were important to my 30-year-old self don’t matter. Things that I used to stress about are a non-issue.
As I look at 50 and beyond, what excites me is the idea that I can make a difference.
Questions I ask myself are, “How can I make this or that better?, Who can I help and how? What example do I want to be to my young son?”
This blog was largely a way for me to help women find more balance in their lives, all parts of their lives, including their emotional well-being and how they treat themselves.
At almost 50, I’m reading more than I ever have. I’m as curious as my 8-year-old son. I no longer feel like I know it all. Instead, I feel like I have so much to learn and am eager to do so.
Like Tina, I find myself talking less and listening more. In her interview, Oprah reminisced about something Maya Angelou told her when she was about to turn 50. She said,
“Babe, the 50s are everything you’ve been meaning to be.”
That’s it. The 50s are everything I’ve been meaning to be.
What about you? I’m listening. What are you meaning to be? What does the roaring 20’s look like for you? What is getting you excited?