I remember being a teenager and hearing my parents talk about their friends having a "midlife crisis." It seems these days that yes, having a personal meltdown in response to circumstances can certainly happen at any age. A lot of friend's are going to grad school in their 30’s or traveling the world before marriage and kids, amongst many other journeys, and seem to be chasing something. Similarly to my parents’ friends who were chasing something in their 40’s and 50s.
At the root of that thought process, I believe the principle is the same: People at some point in their lives will crave something different, something new, something unknown. But is that really what they’re after? Could it be that what is really happening is people reach a point in their life where they just need more? More juicy flavor to life that they are not finding in their day job or current relationships, more fulfillment out of their everyday lives. It seems like the description is “I know I am capable of more, I want more out of life, I want to feel excited to wake up in the morning.” Any of this sound familiar?
It did to me, for sure! But I don’t think becoming an entrepreneur or traveling the world is always necessarily the answer. My experience is that wherever I go, there I am. So if I want to have new experiences- I have to do something differently, not just change my surroundings or temporary circumstances.
In order to really know what it is that you want to do to make your life feel less like a “Crisis” or a slow-motion-to-nowhere train ride, you have to know yourself and who you really are in order to know what you want, regardless of how old you are. A fantastic starting place is self awareness.
Oxford defines self awareness as “Conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires.” Gary Vaynerchuk talks about Self Awareness as knowing your strengths and weaknesses, and letting that knowledge inform your decision making. I love the narrative he puts it in. Watch the video here.
What do you think? Is self awareness it? Or is there more to it?
Lindsey Rainwater, also known as Lindsey RainH2O, is a sought-after business consultant, leadership coach, writer and presenter to the fitness and wellness industry. For more information about Rainwater, follow her on Twitter @LindseyRainH2O