Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas

The life in front of you is more important than the life behind you. Joel Osteen

Milestones are not millstones around our necks. What we’ve accomplished and where we are in life is not indicative of what can and will be. The future is going to be what we make it. We may wish the times were different. We may wish the season in life we are in is a different season. But it is now, and as Jim Rohn says, “This is all we have.”

One of the most difficult things we face in life is when we ask ourselves questions. What do I do now? How do I find my new purpose? What really matters to me? I saw a book in Indigo and bought it for a friend. “Design Your Next Chapter” by Debbie Travis.

Some chapters in our life are long, and some are short but no matter what if we are alive we need to create our next chapter. A new chapter for me is coming as my daughter prepares to become a mother and I will become a grandma. How great this chapter will be and my son gets married a month later.

My life has always seemed to be flowing along and then a bunch of things happens at once. Becoming a grandma is going to be lovely and one of the biggest blessings in my life. With my son getting married I expect we’ll have a little brood of grandchildren in short order.

At this point in life, we still have energy, ambition, and we often have some resources. We are at a cross-road and get to decide what the next chapter will look like.  Some people are getting drastic chucking the old husband or wife and looking for a new romance as a way of kick-starting their life.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C.S. Lewis

I think we should build our lives and the excitement we need with the spouse we have in most cases. This next chapter can be a bonus round for the two of us. What did we want to do we haven’t done yet? Where would we like to go, what would we like to experience, jointly and separately? Expecting our spouse to only want what we want is not reasonable. Can we figure out over the next little while what would make both our hearts sing, even if they sing at different times?

Writing and art are solitary pursuits that feed my soul and my husband is one hundred percent behind me, but I don’t expect them to make his heart sing. One of his great loves is music. We need to have space in our lives for everyone’s dreams, some shared, and some not shared.

Where do we go from here is both scary and exhilarating.

Every new chapter in your life will require a new version of yourself. Unknown

Life’s not about expecting, hoping, and wishing: it’s about doing, being, and becoming. Mike Dooley

When you make loving others the story of your life, there’s never a final chapter, because the legacy continues. You lend your light to one person, and he or she shines it on another and another and another. Oprah Winfrey

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