I  was journaling this morning and a line from Led Zep came to me.
“Does anyone remember laughter?”
Apart from thinking about the family friends I was staying with on ‘kids swap” holidays, in Heidelberg during my teenage years and German potato salad (Just the best!)  I remembered this the first time I heard a live version of ‘Stairway to Heaven.’
Robert Plant hands on hips, playfully asking,
“Does anyone remember laughter.”
I was utterly transfixed.
Add in a few buckets of teenage crush and hormones and you’ll be somewhere close!!
I’m shamelessly and playfully using the lyrics to find enormous similarities to the Questioning we face as we reach Midlife.
We have lived mostly as was expected of us.
The education, career, 2.4 kids and black lab!
I can already see how badly wrong I’ve got it!
However you’ve spent you life up to this point, it’s  probably been guided by the people you spent most time around.
That’s generally how it is.
We learn to have fixed expectations of how it all should be.
Again, that’s generally how it is.
Then Boom…a walloping great reality check bitchslaps us on the face.
The goals that we have spent half our life achieving, now feel hollow.
They haven’t delivered that sodding golden stairway!
Midlife, Covid and all the disruptors, if we aren’t watchful, will rob us of laughter.
Silence our playful inner child. A serious and tired world becomes our norm.
It’s so easy to spend our life existing and not flourishing.
Do you feel a nagging insecurity that there’s something missing in your life?
A gnawing that gets stronger year by year?
“There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west
And my spirit is crying for leaving.”
(The West, of the Native Indian and their spiritual purity.)
We have to Decide to change.
Enough is enough.
A bustle in our hedgerow’  and  ‘a  spring clean for the May Queen‘, reference the possibility of change.
‘There’s still time to change the road you are on’.
Always…well until there isn’t!
We’ve got one life and a whopping big chunk of it has been used up already.
Once we wholeheartedly decide to change, we start to Create with a lovely big “C.”
Hello regret free life.
A life that we are bloody well proud of.
And it’s whispered that soon, if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter
Anybody Remember laughter?
Do you wonder where that vibrant, decisive, playful version of you has gone?
Our identity changes throughout our lives. It can change daily.
Midlife and Covid seem to be crux points.
The great news is that we get to decide who we want to be.
Always.
Is it easy?
Sometimes not.
Is it worth it?
Hell yes.
“And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul”
When we listen to our intuition, that magical voice of our good soul ( not the self-critical maniacal menace who  also resides in there! (mine is called Eric!)) there we can find the strength and joy to move forwards, help others do the same and become more of the You that you want to be.
That’s my route to my good soul.
My daimona. And yes, she is a seriously badass soul.
If you  are looking for a “piper” to get you unstuck and help lead you to a life that you’re proud to live
Drop me a note.
I am endlessly curious about  you and your life, and how I can help you.
Love. Marianne