Level 50 Is Right Around The Corner
It’s pretty normal to hear people complain about the next decade of their life. I started hearing it when I was still in my twenties and my friends a little older were complaining about turning 30. And then 40. And especially 50.
Personally, I’ve never understood that. I know it is cliche to say that age is just a number. But it’s true. What matters is not the number associated with your age but the way you live your life and what you do with your life. You can have fun, excitement, adventures, and love at any age.
I remember when I turned 30, I had a big party at the restaurant I worked at, Mr. Greek. I invited all of my friends and we sat around and ate and drank and had an amazing time. One of the girls I worked with who was in her later 20s bought me a journal. Even then anyone that knew me knew that I loved journals. You can’t go wrong buying me a blank journal that’s pretty!
The real gift wasn’t the journal though. It was what she wrote on the inside cover.
“Thanks to you, I’m not so afraid of 30 anymore.”
I’ll never forget that. Because of the way I lived my life, because of my personality and who I was, she wasn’t afraid of getting older.
That is how I try to live my life still. Even more so in the past year. Losing my husband has been hard but above all it has taught me that life is short and could end at any time. So, why live like your life is over just because of the number of your age? Why live like you’ve got one foot in the grave when both of your feet are still firmly planted on the ground?
Whether you can run and jump or whether you need to slow down and maybe even do a little shuffle here and there, both your feet are on the ground. Move them. Let them take you on adventures. Let them take you to be with people that matter in your life. Let them take you to meet new friends and discover new places. Let them dance.
Level 50 Mission 1: Write All the Words
I’ve been writing all my life. But Level 50 is going to have more writing than ever before. Already, I’ve been focused on writing a lot more. These past few months I’ve been writing fiction, articles and poetry. And I’m going to keep working on that. Writing is my career. Waitressing is just a job.
I’ve got books planned and I’m building a brand online that involves writing. People are coming to ME and asking me to write for their sites! I’ve got a couple of good freelance clients and a few leads for more.
Before the year is over, I’ll be spending all of my money earning time working for myself and for clients. Before the year is over, writing won’t be just a career — it will be the job that brings in the money I live off of.
Level 50 Mission 2: Put Miles on the Car
Once I have the writing career as my main focus for income, I’ll be hitting the road as often as possible. There are so many places to go!
I definitely plan to travel in Canada as much as possible. There’s so many locations within Canada that are worth seeing. Some of the places I intend to visit include:
- The Maritimes
- National Parks
But I’m definitely not limiting my journeys to just those places.
I also plan on making some trips through the US. Yes, right now it’s not the ideal place to go. But over time, things will calm down (politically and with the Coronavirus). Then I will be taking a trip down the Pacific Coast and back up Highway 83 from Texas. I want to go as far as New Mexico and I want to visit the East Coast as well. I have a client that I’ve been writing for over the past seven years that I’d love to meet someday.
And that’s not even to speak of the Web Domination Girls. These are a group of women that I met online about 10 years ago. One of them is in Canada. The others are spread over the States and I hope to meet all of them.
There are other people that I’ve “met” online over the years, too. Some of them I have not yet. Others I have met but would like to see again.
Of course, what traveler doesn’t want to do a little bit of international travel? I hope someday I can afford to go to Paris, Italy, Spain, Greece, England, and a few other places.
Level 50 Mission 3: Make Friends
I have spent too much of my life being isolated. Not just during this pandemic but I’ve felt emotionally isolated in many ways. I was unsure of myself. I didn’t have the confidence to get out and meet people. I was/am introverted.
I am realizing that people and experiences are everything though. It doesn’t matter how many things you have if you don’t have people in your life. So, I am hoping to get out there on my travels and meet people.
When I reach the last level of my life — and I’m nowhere near that yet! — I want to look back and know that I lived life. I want to think of the people that I met and the experiences I had and the people I love and know that I did my best.
Level 50 might be a big level up but I’m excited for it!