How many of you have experienced a watershed moment? “A turning point or historic moment”. People have them too. We have a history, so why wouldn’t we have historic moments in our own lives? I have to remind myself that at any given moment, we can live a completely different life. That’s a pretty big concept that doesn’t happen often.
In order to implement that dream, we have to become consciously aware of what we don’t want as much as what we do want. We have to become comfortable with both the good and the bad, the happy and the sad, the highs and the lows.
The balance is where my watershed moment happened.
I just spent the past ten days in a travel ordeal that taught me valuable life lessons, not only about traveling on a budget, but also about myself as a whole. It was supposed to be a vacation, but it turned into a transformational action week.
I, like so many millions of women at middle age, am a completely different human being than I was when I first had children. Career. Physical self. Confidence. Freedom to be exactly who I am, free of concern about anyone else’s opinion of me. It’s a powerful feeling.
We women in this period of our lives have a secret far greater than anything Victoria tried to sell us. It’s this.
- We don’t need or want anything just to impress anyone else.
- We have all we need.
- We know who we are.
- We know what we want.
- We recognize the importance of our place in society.
- We’re not afraid to speak our minds or share our opinions.
This week I realized that not only is change inevitable, but it will be necessary for me to live my best life.
I’m celebrating my identity, but I acknowledge that it’s been a few rocky years getting to this moment. I don’t think of the harsh reality over the past four years as a negative experience, though it did pose some hard journeying.
I think of it as a mountain I had to climb in order to have a vision of where I want the next journey to take me. Even if at this moment, it’s a cerebral celebration.
I no longer accept or tolerate any experience that is not full of joy, excellence, positive engagement, savoring, fully sustainable or unkind.
We successfully navigate our place in the world, when we consciously embrace our balance. Love of life begins and ends with that pivotal moment where we insist on living only in the life we want. Never settling for less.
This vacation taught me a lot about people. About myself. About culture.
‘I am who I am’. Maybe Popeye said it first, but those of us liberated by our watershed’s will say it last.
Finally. A cerebral celebration that crosses global socio-cultural-economic status? Epic historic moment.
About the Author: Karen Henry [Daly], MA CRM owns Henry Healing as a holistic well-being practitioner and writer. She’s a former university professor and current scholar practicing the infusion of positive, existential and community psychology. “Wednesday is my Tuesday.”