The human mind is an amazing thing, did you know our brain never loses the ability to learn and create? Many people are of the belief that our lives are largely determined by our DNA which is unalterable, and by the environment in which we grow up. Recent research has shown that is not necessarily the case, … actually it’s something scientists have been looking at since the 1950’s! I won’t get into it too much of the science of it here but it’s called epigenetics if you want to look it up.
I think the concept of it is pretty cool because it basically says that you don’t have to be bound by your biological makeup, or the environment in which you grew up, i.e. family, social demographic, education etc. You have the power to change through the power of your mind. Research has shown that through the power of intention, DNA samples have actually been changed.
That’s really good news for all of us! It basically means that no matter what your circumstances or upbringing, we can become whatever we choose to be. If you think about it, there is tremendous freedom in that belief. We are not bound by the way we were brought up, who our parents were, what school we went to, what others say about us, … we are only bound by what we think we can achieve.
That has particular significance to those in mid-life. How different would your life be if, instead of looking at your life as being half over, you looked at it as only half begun? Instead of questioning your life choices that brought you to where you are now, you looked at the last several decades of your life as a tremendous resource of accumulated experience and knowledge to draw upon to start on something new for the second half of your life?
Of course what we’re talking about here is not something that comes easily for everybody. It takes effort to change perceptions of our self, to alter mindsets that have been limiting us. That’s where we have to be willing to stretch ourselves, both emotionally and mentally, and sometimes physically. Ultimately we have to ask ourselves, “If I do nothing, what do I stand to lose?” And compare that to “What do I stand to gain if I take the step forward into the unknown?”
There’s only one way to find out!