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As a Gen Xer the reality is I am much more inclined to approach this road with trepidation and reserve.

Now there is a name for a book if I have ever heard one! Because basically there aren’t many of us out there who haven’t at some time in our lives felt like we have already walked this road or are about to walk it.

As a Gen Xer the reality is I am much more inclined to approach this road with trepidation and reserve. After all – I am the generation that was raised on the concept of a “career for a lifetime” while, I’m assured by futurists, that those from Gen Y through are actually destined to have a “lifetime of careers”.

While I think I instinctively knew this to be the case I didn’t realise just how much of a cliché I was until I attended a conference recently where I was surrounded by other business chicks of all ages.

I have also learned .. that your gifts aren’t all necessarily presented to you at once. Like anything worth having the reality of new gifts (of skill, personality, potential) is that they can appear at any time and with new gifts come new ideas and new opportunities

In that environment, while all of the attendees were absolutely amazing, there seemed to be something that united the women over 40 – most of us had partners/ or significant others; some of us had kids; some of us had pets and almost all of us had a house. And, for many of us, after a period of time off, we are heading or had headed back into the workforce either by setting up our own businesses or by jumping back into the corporate world.

Easy “focus on what you can gain rather than what your could lose”(thanks Margie Warrell) – and, if you’re still not sure where your passion lies that’s completely ok. Time will take care of that.

The three-day event provided plenty of opportunities to learn and connect and I can honestly say that by the final day I didn’t want to do the morning activity as I just needed to get everything that was happening inside of me out on paper. The ideas were literally racing to the surface and the level of energy and motivation were barely containable.

In the after math of the conference though I’ve also been left with a sense that I was so lucky to have had this opportunity to be “re-inspired” and so much more is needed out there for people like me: be they female or male – as it’s pretty obvious I am not alone.

I guess the upside of growing up is that you realise there is a heck of a lot of life left to live, explore and invent post the age of 39. The days of a quite retirement and gardening at 65 are long gone (thank goodness) but with its departure comes the challenge of being open to trying something completely new no matter what point in life you are.

So, at this point in time and given everything I have learnt until now, what advice I would give for someone wanting to walk the road the reinvention?

Easy “focus on what you can gain rather than what your could lose”(thanks Margie Warrell) – and, if you’re still not sure where your passion lies that’s completely ok. Time will take care of that.

Ultimately we all have a purpose (thanks Karen James), we are all given unique gifts and they are there for us to make a contribution to our families, our communities and our society.

I have also learned though that your gifts aren’t all necessarily presented to you at once. Like anything worth having the reality of new gifts (of skill, personality, potential) is that they can appear at any time. With new gifts come new ideas and new opportunities. You just need to be open to them.

Yours in embracing the only certainty in life – change.

Kylea x

 

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