Somewhere between the ages of 35 and 45, (and which continues until our death) women begin the process of the midlife journey – a process through which they move beyond childbearing to birthing themselves. For many, the advent of this transition comes in the form of a rude awakening, personal crisis or tragedy and continues through volatile physical and emotional changes which seem at once to be disconcerting and confusing. The purpose of the midlife journey is to knock women out of the comfort of status quo and into the passion, meaning and purpose that will define their lives beyond motherhood. Like childbirth, the midlife journey can be dangerous and fraught with pain, but like the birth of a child, can produce a gift beyond measure and miraculous to behold.
Common signs that you might be in the midst of the midlife transition:
- Impatience, anger, rage
- Panic attacks
- Physical and emotional changes
If you are looking for guidance or support through the midlife transitions, contact Lauri at (920) 230-1313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s Not Forget the Men!
Admittedly, most of my midlife experience has been with women. Men, however, are not immune to the sometimes treacherous journey of midlife. Like women, men’s midlife journey is about seeking a greater level of creative fulfillment beyond what they have known in their career, in parenting or in their intimate relationships. The destination for men and women is ultimately the same – a fuller expression of SOUL – the uniquely creative way in which they were gifted to find meaning, purpose, connection, fulfillment and through which they are called to contribute to the betterment of the world.