I’ve been working in my new journal and thinking about what I will put on my vision board, but this process is more difficult than I expected. (Geez, how many times have I said that?) In my teens, 20s, and 30s I had goals, plans, and visions. In my teens I worked toward getting into college in order to prepare for a career. In my 20s I worked on finding my way in that career. In my 30s I worked toward specific levels I wanted to achieve in that career. Having achieved those goals, in my 40s and early 50s I volunteered in an area I’m passionate about. Now, I’m ready to move on to the next phase, but I’m also heartily enjoying right where I am.
I read a book recently where one of the characters, a famous author and illustrator, is asked when she will produce her next book. She replies that for now she just wants to live. I understand completely! I’m enjoying my life. I have always enjoyed my life, but I’m beginning to feel very settled right now and I like that. However, I don’t want to become stagnant and “old” so I also desire change, adventure, challenge.
As I work through this process I’m reticent to mix-up my happy life, but I’m also excited about what prospects might be out there. Can there be a balance between just living and taking on the world?