Mid-Life Change

By Shae Hadden | Bio


I’m thinking of the term “mid-life change” often these days. No matter what age we are, we are always in mid-life: neither at the beginning, nor at the end…yet. Most people tend to think of mid-life change as something that happens when we’re in our 40s or 50s. But what if we took the view that, while we are alive, we are always in the ‘middle’ of our lives, in the midst of constant change? Would we, perhaps, become more comfortable, less anxious with changes in our lives?

I wonder if there is something qualitatively different about mid-life change that makes it worth distinguishing? Countless books have been (and are still being) written about this and about the ‘second half of life’ (which Jim defines as being “whatever we have left”). My perspective is that mid-life—this moment of ‘now’ that we are living (no matter what age we are)—is the best time to love change, to transform ourselves, to dance with the flow of what’s happening, to allow life to flow through us in whatever ways it will. And after the dance with Life, we are free to experience the final change, the one that brings us to…whatever comes next.

© 2009 Shae Hadden. All rights reserved.

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