As you read this newsletter I will be coming to the end of a week long practical intensive which is part of a course I am studying about coaching women to step into their power.
There have been times over the past few months when I’ve seriously wondered what I think I’m doing, throwing myself into learning something new once again. After all, it isn’t as if I don’t have history - I studied with the Open University for my degree in my early forties. Then, at 48, I actually went back to a bricks and mortar university to study for a Master’s Degree.
I never used that degree, sadly, so it ended up as studying for studying’s sake. And you know what? I don’t regret it for a minute! I learned so much - not just about my subject, but about myself and what I’m capable of. I got to spend a month in Japan as an exchange student and had an unforgettable experience, one that would not have been available to me as a tourist.
There is nothing like stepping way outside your comfort zone to keep your mind sharp and your interest in life alive. Is studying as easy as it might have been in my teens and twenties - no, definitely not. I won't lie to you, I find I have to listen or read at least twice before information sticks. My concentration levels are shocking and I’m not as quick thinking as I used to be.
Do I regret signing up for another course of study? Honestly, sometimes this summer I have. I haven’t felt well and I’ve found juggling work, family, self care and study a real challenge. But overall, my interest in the possibilities of midlife and beyond have carried me forward, leading me to seek out new ways to support our members. The subject is fascinating.
How about you? Would you consider learning something new? It doesn’t have to be academic - a new craft or taking up hill walking or stepping up for a course at work that might change the trajectory of your career - you are never too old and it’s never too late to learn something new!
I believe that staying curious is the secret to ageing well, so I’m in training! In fact, I have a secret ambition to study ancient history, but I’m saving that for later, when I don’t want to work-work any more...
Do let me know if you have taken up something new in your middle years. Perhaps you’d like to come onto the podcast to share your story? I’m always looking at ways to inspire us all!
I look forward to sharing some of what I have been learning with you in the coming months. Watch this space!
There are so many ways we can help you to enjoy the journey through the sometimes messy "middle":