What does it mean to reimagine your life in midlife? For me, it meant giving myself permission to be happy, and then changing the life I was living so I could live a life I love. A life that feels authentic to the person I am.
Some of the changing was big and scary. Like leaving my second career of teaching and retiring solo at 59. Or traveling around the world solo for 70 days. Others were small and scary. Like starting this blog. And still others were big fun and mind-expanding. Like taking classes and learning new skills.
I’ve been learning about making bourbon since May, as a 61-year-old whiskey intern. I proposed an unpaid, 12-week “Midlife Reimagined Apprenticeship” to a local distillery, and instantly took on the bourbon geek label. Today is the last day of my internship, though not the last of my days at the distillery. I’ve learned so much, and am looking forward to continued partnerships. My journey from blackboard to bourbon isn’t over yet.
All images from thehotgoddess.com retired_rewired_inspired.
Happy Friday, all. May your imagination run loose, your mind stay open, and your heart dwell in never-ending possibilities.
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