Making a huge pivot in life at our age can be daunting. We’ve spent numerous years creating our identities around our work or our families and taking a step in a new direction can feel like a katydid molting its exoskeleton. It’s equal parts unsettling and liberating, possibly painful–we can’t ask the katydid–and we suspect, itchy.
If you’ve scratched an itch to do and experience something different–whether it be a new career, a new passion or a new mindset–we’d like to hear from you. Answer the questions here, attach a photo, and we may publish your story. What you’ve gone through may provide just the jolt needed to get other women to leave their old skin–familiar and easy as it is–and go into a new world a little naked and scared. But not alone.
“In ten years (if you are still on this earth) you will be ten years older. Would you rather be ten years older and not have done whatever it is you want to do? There’s no time like the present. Take the leap! Trust.”
“Eighty percent of what I do is new. The rest I learned from my mom and various relatives who passed on a love of gardening.
“There comes a point when you have to just jump, get started, and see where the cards land. For me, this meant making art and actually showing it to the world.”
“I’m using the best parts of my brain, both the creative and analytical sides, to craft stories that give me joy and, hopefully, give readers a fun respite from their daily worries and strife.”
“I freakin’ LOVE what I do now. I am so excited every day that I get to jump on board my big Mac and start drafting ideas,” said Dione Goyette of Toronto, Canada. How nice to love your work that much!
“Your age is an advantage—don’t be afraid of it,” says Thea Wood of Austin, Texas, who recently established Backstage Chats. Here’s how she’s put her years of experience to work.
“Once you’ve dealt with the Russian Mob to set up a major ad campaign in Moscow, there’s little that seems daunting,” says Emily Vickers, from Hopewell, NJ.