This blog could well have been called “August And Everything After” – after an album that meant a great deal to me in my early 20s and defined a certain time in my life – a time when I edged toward finding myself – and then (as a consequence of life-stuff) got diverted.
Also, August has been a very eventful month for me in years gone by. It was the month I somersaulted my first car into a field and could have killed myself and my two best friends; it was the month I fell off the Canadian Rockies and could have been eaten by bears. My mother vowed she was never letting me out of her sight in August again.
A few years ago I jumped off a mountain in Rio de Janeiro in August, (hang-glider and muscular Brazilian attached). Needless to say I did not tell my mother of my plans until after the event.
That was during my ‘Mid-Life Crisis’ or whatever you would choose to call the panicked build up to 40 for a childless, slightly confused girl who has lost her path somewhere along the way.
Anyway, the jump was incredible. The perfect end to one tremendous adventure. And now I am engaged in a new one. My 40s. The second half of my summer, another mountain to jump off.
In this blog I hope to share some of the things I have learned in the first half of my life, some of the challenges I have faced along the way, and what I have done with that (in case it is of use to anyone else). I would also love to share some of my new adventures as a 40 something woman and how I am endeavouring to make the most of this new adventure.
Topics this blog will look at include:
- Turning forty and reflecting on what the hell happened before that?
- Not having, or not being able to have children and the impact this can have on life
- Embarking on backpacking adventures when you are the only person your age doing it
- How life’s knocks can emerge as depression or anxiety and what that can look and feel like for you and those around you
- How writing can help make some sense of it all, and when it might be time to share
- Looking for fulfilment in life when you are still not really sure what you want to be when you grow up
- Useful or inspiring resources or writing I have collected along the way
WARNING: I may occasionally swear. I may occasionally be uncomfortably honest (if it is uncomfortable for you, try being me. No, actually, don’t do that). I may occasionally go off on a tangent. Scratch that. I will definitely go off on a few tangents. Bear with me, I’m new at this.
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