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.

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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.

    T
    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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