For so many Boomers these days, the answer to the question, “What do you want from your “Chapter Two?” is a mystery, maybe even a luxury that they haven’t even considered. With the economy the way it is and with the need to continue to make a living so prevalent in our generation, can there even be a “Chapter Two?”
I remember writing about this subject several months ago. I got an emphatic comment back from a reader who said basically that she didn’t have time for what could be a “Chapter Two” because she was so overwhelmed with “Chapter One” and could see no way out of it. Her life was stuck and that was just that!
While I understand her frustration completely, I think that to live life without a vision of what could be condemns us in what is and right now that’s not a very pretty picture for most. Now, I’m not telling you to abandon your current responsibilities or to walk away from the present, but to just take a few minutes a day and see if, at this stage of life, you might want to consider something new.
Think of the who, what, when, where, why, and how of it and see if a vision of “Chapter two” might take shape. Then research what it would take to move you in the direction of that vision and perhaps be courageous enough to take the first step. (Remember the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.)
Be cautious, be smart, but also be brave. Our purpose in this world does not revolve around just paying the bills and watching another Star Trek re-run. Your second chapter awaits. What do you want it to be?