A Slower Pace At Mid-Life (c) R Dennison September 2013
If you are 23 years of age your life may be coming together nicely in line with your life plan (although recent figures from the Office for National Statistics on young jobless people show an upward trend). Nonetheless hopefully you will be gaining life experience through working or studying. Perhaps you are settling into a steady relationship. Fingers crossed you are enjoying the best days of your life.
Three decades later, at 53, you will still be in your prime: using your life experience; enjoying time with your partner and wider family; these could be the best days of your life for different reasons. Time to stop and smell the roses?
According to the recent Benenden Health survey many people identify that as the point which middle age arrives. The survey suggests there are downsides to this milestone (like losing touch with technology, youth culture and fashion). With demographic changes the ageing members of society are also in the majority.
My experience of people in that age bracket is that they are well in tune with their inner wisdom. That is reassuring and would be more so, if employers were more motivated to take on staff in their fifties.
From a coaching perspective it would be powerful to build on that idea by:
– exploring a 50-something client’s attitude to reaching their mid-life point
– establishing what they wanted to do as a first step towards an even better future
– energising them to take that step and the ones which follow it
It would be wonderful to support clients ready to look into those topics, as they are now in the prime of their life.