Starting over is in no way like starting off fresh. It is a lot like finding yourself at the end of the third quarter of a football game with the score tied. Unlike when the score was zero zero at the first kickoff, you are now exhausted from the hard tackles, lost yardage, failed defensive attempts and let’s not even mention all of the bad calls. You have went through decades of your life and thought by this stage in the game you would be up. Regardless of whether it is a relationship, career, hobby, or a new idea, when you are 49 and starting over it is not the same as it was when you were in your 20’s. You have already played three quarters; you are no longer fresh and ready to strike.
By now your bank account is supposed to be padded and all those goals you made for yourself have little check marks beside them. But somehow the play clock just keeps running and the playbook you created is not leading you to the “W” you had hoped to get. So you find yourself dreaming of new plays. And even though you have been hit hard you have to find it in yourself to get back up keep your head in the game and play.
The difference is in reality there is no coach to blame the wrong routes that you took. It is all on you. That in itself can be a game changer. You might find yourself more hesitant now. Knowing that the decisions that you made before led you to failed attempts. This knowledge at this period in time can be harmful. It can cause you to second guess your every move and even keep you from making big plays. So do what great athletes do. Shake it off. Leave all the past plays right where they belong… in the books. Gain as much ground as you can. Surround yourself with fans and teammates that will encourage you, and support you, and most of believe in you. Take all the lessons that you have learned and use them. Because regardless of how battled and bruised you are as long as there is time on that clock, there is time to score.
Keep Reclaiming your dreams,