Well it’s Easter again! Probably the most celebrated date on the Christian calendar, it’s a time when the resurrection of Christ from the cross is celebrated. Of course it’s also a time when you have an excuse to eat lots of chocolate!
Speaking of resurrection, I wonder if you’ve heard the story of how eagles rejuvenate themselves? I heard it recently and thought it would be good to share on my blog. It states that eagles lives up to 70 yrs. At about 40, their talons and beak become too bent and inhibits their ability to catch prey. Therefore, they are faced with the choice of either starving or undergoing a rejuvenation that will enable to live another 30 yrs. An eagle will fly to a high summit, and there, it smashes its beak and talons and plucks out it feathers. After several months, it grows new feathers, talons and a beak and flies down to continue it’s second half of life.
When I heard this story recently, I thought, ” Wow, what a great analogy of a mid life transformation!” That’s when I found out that’s all it was. There is no truth to the story, it is simply an allegory invented most likely to illustrate a point about the role of change in our lives. Oh well, so much for that! Though, on reflection, it doesn’t matter if the story is true or not, there are still relevant points to be drawn from it.
At midlife, we can reach a point where we feel we are not able to progress any further in life, we have reached a point of stagnation. Things that gave us satisfaction before can seem hollow and empty. We can feel we’ve come to the end of our usefulness and are just going through the motions. This is a common experience for many middle aged people, but it doesn’t have to be a permanent condition.
Rather than follow the path that these feeling are taking us; discouragement, hopelessness, and ultimately, depression, they can be a catalyst for positive change. The issue of age, is not a limiting factor when it comes to the mind’s ability to create and learn, that has already been scientifically proven. Read my other blog post “How far do you stretch yourself” to find out more about this.
What does hinder us from changing though, are self limiting beliefs. They can hold us back like shackles from achieving what we really want. When you feel you’re ready for a change but need help, that’s where a life coach can help you make those breakthroughs to a happier, more fulfilled you.
To end this post, I want to share with you a favourite song of mine,the 70’s classic from the Steve Miller band, “Fly like an Eagle”. Happy flying!