In life's journey there comes a time when we reach a point where we are in a crossroad taking assessment of our lives. We look back and ponder upon all we've done and wonder if there is more we need or want to accomplish. We ask ourselves if there is anything different we would've done. Have all we've done thus far served a purpose? Do we have any regrets? We feel time passing by and fear we'll leave this earth without reaching all our goals or dreams. Did we surrender our true passions and dreams only to conform to societies norm of sustaining a job we're not happy with just to pay bills and have a roof over our heads? Are we happy? Are we proud of who we are? Have we made a difference in life? According to the psychological stages of development, the ever existential question at this point in life is Can I Make My Life Count? I believe to find myself at this very crossroad and have decided to search for the answers...for my answers!
Psychology teaches that there are 8 stages of psychological development. I remember studying these stages back in college, but for the life of me cannot retrieve this information from many years ago. So I took a refresher course (thank God for the Internet) and found that I am at the crossroad of #7...Generativity vs Stagnation. Also that I've not mastered #6...Intimacy vs Isolation (but I'm working on it). However, the study of the psychological stages also teaches that mastery of one stage is not required to move on to another. The significant relationships listed for stage #7 are household and workmates which is a good thing because I do have a household, well technically had a household (recent empty nester here) and I do have workmates, lots and lots of workmates. And as far as to the existential question Can I Make My Life Count?, well I am sure going to give it my all to find out.
The study of the psychological stages also provides a list of tasks associated with each stage broken down by age group. It provides information on what psychologically development is occuring for each age group to determine "healthy" developing from infancy to adulthood. In each stage one confronts new challenges. Following is a list of the "tasks" associated to stage #7 (middle adulthood 25-64 or 40-4 years) which I have taken the liberty to "check-reference" accordingly to my life:
My Bucket List! yep, I sure do got me a Bucket List!
Here's a starter list of a "few" things I
Get my sexyy on with my alter ego "Mariposa" on the Dance Pole!
|Already checked off....stay tune for picture segment!|
Fly High Free in the Sky!
Never worn false eyelashes...gonna see what it's all about!
Ooooh! Nope! Too weird; definitely do not wanna try these!!!
Okay, getting closer, but not quite there yet!
Wow! Pretty...a definite maybe!
but I think...
I'll just leave it as a mystery and make my search an adventure!
I also don't know what wearing a wig for fun feels like...
There are so many to choose from...
I think I'll just clown around and have some fun with them before the final choice!
Which ever I pick, will represent a little of the whole ME!
Do you find yourself asking these questions too? Have you found YOUR answers? What things do YOU feel you've missed out on and would like to do? Do you have a your very own Bucket List? Tell me, I'd surely love to hear all about it. You just never know who you may inspire with your story or simplyy by sharing your views, thoughts and comments. Hey, you just may very well end up inspiring yourself! As always, thanks for stopping by to visit.
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