This is the season of commencement speeches and graduation ceremonies.
In the first half of life, our task is to build a foundation: establish our work life and loving relationships. We need to build a strong ego so we can show up in the world with integrity.
In his book Falling Upward, Richard Rohr says:
Did you know the first half of life has to fail you? In fact, if you do not recognize an eventual and necessary dissatisfaction [in the form of sadness, restlessness, emptiness, intellectual conflict, spiritual boredom, even loss of faith, etc.], you will not move on to maturity.
At the crossroad of the first and second half of life, we arrive at a complicated paradox – to surrender the ego so we can go deeper into soul awareness. The second half of life has little to do with accomplishments, titles, or awards. For some, it is a time of hunger for “something more” beyond the daily grind.
When I woke up in my 40s after sleep walking through the first half of life, I wanted to create consistent spiritual practices that would carry me across thresholds for the rest of my life. Every day I am a beginner. I write to make sense of my life. I create collages to re-connect to my creative self so I can wake up and wake up some more.
The second half of life presents us with the opportunity to develop increased depth, integrity, and character ~ or not. The choice is ours.
Angeles Arrien ~ The Second Half of Life.