“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning.” — Louis L’Amour
Time flies as we’re having fun, so goes the quote.
It’s been almost 4 years since I started this podcast, the first episode with my guest Shannon Davis airing in June 2017. Since that episode, I have been through a lot and have grown quite a bit, in a way that only our lived experiences can do for us.
As a podcaster and producer of an audio show, I feel that I’ve learned and honed a ton of new skills that have opened new opportunities for me. I’ve gotten better as an interviewer and one massive bonus point, I’ve learned to like — if not love — my voice. That’s probably been the hardest one, to be honest.
The podcast has also changed over the years, in terms of frequency and the stories we cover here on the show.
And now, the world itself has changed dramatically. As I record this episode, the pandemic isn’t quite behind us. But the vaccines are here and distribution is getting wider across the globe. We can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Having said that, I believe that when we do emerge on the other side. The world that we’re going to re-inhabit will not be exactly the same as what we left behind in February 2020.
It cannot be, right? If you think about it, how could it be the same?
To quote David Leonhardt in the NYTimes,
Events that hold the world’s attention for long stretches of time and affect the rhythms of our daily lives tend to have a lasting impact.
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As I began planning for Season 7 of this podcast, I realized something.
This podcast has to evolve — just like you and me and the world have evolved.
Sure, we have talked about different things here on the show but the central theme had always revolved around work.
We’ve featured stories of pivots and career reinventions. We’ve tackled how we can thrive at work; how to maintain career resilience; and how we stay relevant in a changing workplace. We’ve highlighted new careers in this new economy.
And though I still believe strongly that work is a significant component of a well-lived midlife, there is so much more to life than work, as they say.
In this season of our life, there’s so much richness. Our coffers are so full — of experiences and stories, of laughter and tears, of successes and lessons learned, of roads taken and roads forsaken. Love and loss. Hurts and hopes Of the many mountains we have climbed and the dreams we have yet to pursue.
And I want this podcast to better reflect that season of fullness.
The mantra of my small media company is Celebrate Midlife.
I want this podcast to support that statement. Which means talking about topics beyond work. It means talking about topics that truly matter to us in this phase of our life.
And frankly, some of those topics are going to be hard. Not because we’re in midlife. We’ve had to deal with hard topics too in our teens, and in our 20s and 30s.
Each season of life offers new terrains. And with new terrains come new challenges.
So, let’s talk about all of them or at least as many of them as we can.
Here’s the thing.
I am not an expert on midlife. I am on this journey just like you.
So here’s my promise to you:
- I will stay curious and work hard to be brave to “go there” and ask the questions that need asking
- I will bring different perspectives to the show to help us reflect and think and reframe…
- I will look for stories that will inspire and motivate us to do whatever it is we want to do.
- I will do my best to use this podcast to help us figure out how to actually navigate and thrive in our midlife in an ever-shifting world.
Already, I have episodes in the bag about stress management for midlifers, mindset reset, and life contingency planning. And more is yet to come.
I want to talk about health and well-being, relationships, mid-life diets, changes in our body, and so on. And of course, we will continue to talk about work and careers too because what we do in our work helps enrich our lives.
There’s so much to talk about a well-lived midlife that I am just so excited to start and get going already!
I hope you will join me on this joyful exploration of what it actually takes to live a well-lived midlife and that you’ll tell your friends about it.
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