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A life well lived?


Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life … Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your inner voice. And, most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

Steve Jobs


This quote really resonated with me when I reread it today.  Time is limited. At 70 years I certainly don’t feel old, but I’m well aware that, unless I plan to live to 140 I can no longer pretend to be middle-aged.  So today I have been doing some retrospection, after all, when I do eventually “shuffle off this mortal coil”, I would like it to be with the knowledge of a life well lived.

So here is my checklist of the decades gone by.  I recommend this activity, especially if you have quite a few decades behind you too, it kind of puts your life in perspective:

Teens – leaving school, and the town where I grew up, starting a job (At the bank. My first choice would have been training college but my parents were not able to afford it); meeting my future husband;

Twenties – marrying; setting up my first home; having two beautiful little girls, hopefully becoming a responsible adult;

Thirties – back to studying, English and Education in my first degree, eventually completing 3 degrees and a post graduate pre-primary diploma – fulfilling my dream of becoming a teacher and learning to use my brain again;

Forties – changing careers, starting to work with young children, learning to overcome disappointments, and to be independent;

Fifties – children grown up, started travelling and looking for adventure, hiking, including climbing Kilimanjaro, and visiting India, UK, Canada and Australia,  another change in career – lecturing on child development among other things in the Education Department at University –  then content writing and editing while we travelled between South Africa and Canada  for a few years.

Sixties – Emigrating from South Africa to Canada to join my daughters, visiting USA and Egypt, hiking the Annapurna circuit in Nepal, opening my own business – a daycare – discovering I was capable of more than I thought.

So now, in my seventies I feel I can claim I have lived my own life, directed in the most by my own desires – and the future continues to beckon –  circumstances and inclination seem to be pushing me into another direction. The prospect is frightening, the possibilities endless, as I continue to follow my heart.

January 31, 2018 - Posted by | About Me | ,

1 Comment »

  1. Beautifully said!

    Comment by rfarrell2014 | February 3, 2018 | Reply

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