After three successful careers spanning four decades -- as an operations manager and bank Vice President, a licensed clinical social worker working with families involved in the juvenile justice system, and a human resource management consultant helping individuals and organizations to be more successful – I have taken a leap of faith to shift my primary identity from that of a management consultant to focusing on my other identities: mother, wife, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend.
I confess that I’m uncomfortable with uncertainty – with not knowing what each next day is going to look like. But I have often jumped into the unknown.
I’ve leaped from an airplane (with a parachute), jumped from boats with scuba gear including jumping into complete darkness on my first night dive, and repelled from the cliffs of Yosemite with only a low-stretch rope and a harness.
I left a steady-paying C-suite job in commercial banking to jump into business as an entrepreneur. I have always landed on my feet.
I have a fragile confidence that shifting the lens of the camera from an external view to an internal one will bring things into focus as I begin my “encore career” – as both a retiree and full-time writer.
The German-language poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, wrote:
"Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions . . . the point is to live everything. Live the questions now."
I am re-shaping my thinking from aging to living, from growing old to growing whole and to living the questions.
Sarah Birnbach is a writer and author who shares the transformative power of journaling, providing encouragement and insights to help people on their journey to their "best self" and is the creator of the free 52-Week Best Self Program.