Getting older is a part of life. We all age and get older. If you are like me as you age you look at life from a different stand point. You maybe leaving behind your twenties or thirties even forties. And you start to wonder; What now?
You’ve got a few decades under you. You may have children or maybe divorce. Except now you’re looking to up the ante. You’re not 20 any more. Your thirties are gone and now you wonder whats next? What about this new decade coming up? How do you make the most of it? This is a good question to ask yourself. Time is always moving forward even if you’re looking back. To time the past is the past. Time only moves forward and lives in the present.
This new decade you are entering could be a great decade or a miserable 10 years. Its up to you to shape it. When it comes to your money you have to know you’re at the half way mark now in life. There’s certain things you can’t get involved in any longer. There’s certain relationships you either have to mend and there are those you have to let go.
In either case the decision you make should serve you short term and long term. In your 40’s you have a good amount of knowledge and experience under your belt. The generation behind you can benefit greatly from your life’s wisdom and experience. The many ups and downs. The defeats and victories.
The generation behind you are at a lost. Yes they are at a lost. They may have the greatest technology to date. The latest gadgets. But they lack strong leadership. They lack stories of people who overcame what they are secretly struggling with. I believe you are the leader they need in their lives to shine the light in which path to take.
Your life experiences could be the very key that sets them free. We both have this in common; Experience and Knowledge.
Putting these two together has been and always will be instrumental. This can lead the next generation into a bright future.
Your years of experience should not go to waste nor unheard. You have something to offer this world. Your many pains of lost, pain of rejections these pain can be use to guide the next generation, by the lessons you’ve learn from them. By how they have groomed you. By how they have made you resilient. These are the characteristic the next generation need to glean from.
It’s not always your financial report you flash they need to see or your latest “toys”. But rather the intrinsic, non-cognitive skills they need help with.
I recently read about people who are in there 40’s who are going under job training to re-enter or reestablish new careers. And some feel like they can’t compete with the youths. Yet as I read that article my train of thought was competition should not be the mindset, rather sharing their experience and knowledge should be the focal point.
What about you? Your years of knowledge and experience. Do you dismiss them and think only “I’m getting too old?” “I can’t compete with these kids!”
Don’t see your age as a disadvantage. It’s an advantage. You have years of knowledge to teach the young. There’s always someone you can impart your wisdom unto. It’s a form of leaving a legacy. Your years of experience can save someone years even decades of heartaches and pain. I know not all will listen to you, but I believe there are always a few who learn well from others. My friend you can be that persons teacher. they can be your pupil. Don’t think of you getting older as a bad thing. Think of it as 40, or 50 years of experience.
Think of the verse in the Bible with the master who handed out the talents to three of his servants. One buried his. And the master called him evil, in other words unprofitable servant. Your years of experience are profitable. Don’t bury them.
You’ve got to find a way to cultivate this new decade of your life. Like I said this is the half way mark (not to sound negative) our life expectancy is about 80 years give or take. So this next half of your life engage it with brevity and courage. Do away with things you no longer enjoy. Hate to be the bearer of bad news. But your clock is winding down. Share what you’ve learned thus far. You can start in your own community or home. If you want to blog about it, this maybe good for you.
Remember to use the rest of your time wisely. Impart your knowledge and experience on the next generation to have a lasting impact on them. Remember you’re never to old to change a life.
Glad to be of service, Samuel Augustin.