Not Dead Yet!

My favorite line from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail has been in my head a lot lately.  Not only am I, “Not dead yet,” I am actually starting to come up with ways to enjoy the second half of my life.  Our eldest child will be departing for college in just under three years (not that I am counting mind you) and her younger brother three years later, and thanks to having had them at a relatively young age (by today’s standards),  I will still be in my 40’s when they leave. It is my understanding that 40 is the new 20 or the new black or something other than being over-the-hill, so I can still  figure out what I want to be when I grow up, right?

My husband and I co-own a business which has allowed me the flexibility and freedom to work while still being readily available to my children.   I am clear, however, that I don’t want to continue doing the type of work I do now indefinitely.  There are a lot of things I think I’d like to do, how I whittle down that list and get in front of the  people who can help me is part of what I have to figure out.

According to a 2008 study on midlife, we are happy when we are young and old but pretty miserable right in the middle.  I think that must have been before 40 became the new 20.  I do agree that I have to work a bit harder to make sure I don’t lose sight of the things that make me happy.  I also need to define interests and goals that I have that are outside of my role of  mom and wife.  One way I have done this is by making the most of every and all opportunities that come even close to my way.  I  joined the Marketing and Communications Committee at my children’s school so I can learn more about those topics and have taken it upon myself to learn as much as I can about Web 2.0 and the social media world.  I am also trying to not be lazy when it comes to going out with friends or attending events where I might meet new people.  I am, as we used to say, “putting myself out there” and must admit that good things have happened as a result.

The latest sign that I am not dead is that I was selected to be a guest DJ on a local alternative radio station here in San Diego.  I worked as a DJ for four and a half years while attending the University of Georgia and now, exactly 20 years later, I will be on the air again.  I am definitely not dead yet, in fact, I might just be getting bettah.


4 responses

  1. Nice post! You really won me over with the MP video…What’s up with the lady on the stairs flinging her cat against the wall?

    I too had my progeny at a fairly young age. Three in college at the moment, one about to graduate from UGA this spring. I’ll be 48 when the boys (twins) graduate. I too wonder what I would like to do in the second half. So far, I’ve only helped large corporations make lots of money for themselves.

    I’ll check back.

    UGA ’85

  2. Not Dead Yet! LOL So funny. I remember that skit. I did not have projeny at an early age. I also spread the love (and the child rearing) over 12 yrs. I have carried a diaper bag NONSTOP for 13 yrs. I’ll just have to stay young in my heard, forever 😉

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