Reinventing Myself

When I developed this site/blog, I intended it to be for local politics.  I considered sharing my testimony but decided, not yet.  However, I did want to share something else that I felt was important and had value.

Writing about local politics is fun, intellectually stimulating.  You get into all kinds of arguments and have differences of opinion.  Hopefully you come away from those discussion with more respect for the other side.  Hopefully, you are able to share ways to communicate that are uplifting.  Hopefully, for those with less exposure to a thought process, you are able to share the value of critical thinking.  Critical thinking can save a lot of relationships!  It’s not always about emotions.

The website Thoughtco.com describes critical thinking as “the ability to analyze information objectively and make a reasoned judgment. It involves the evaluation of sources, such as data, facts, observable phenomena, and research findings.  Good critical thinkers can draw reasonable conclusions from a set of information, and discriminate between useful and less useful details to solve problems or make decisions”

What has this got to do with anything?  I’m 75 years old.  When I walk past a mirror, I try not to look at my reflection.  I still think in terms of the way I appear physically to others.  That however, is not the way life always works.  The great thing about aging is you do acquire some wisdom.  Often times, when I’m in the company of others and in a discussion, I’m amazed at what comes out of my mouth. Communication on social media does not equate to discussion.  I admit to meeting some incredibly interesting people on social media, but I don’t spend every waking hour on social media.

Since I don’t feel like taking orders from someone else (even though I could sure use the money), I had to find a way to use whatever brain power was left.  Bible studies at church are nice but are not a substitute for the kind of intellectual stimulation I was seeking.  If I was dependent on others for that “feel good” experience, I would be disappointed (and I was).  I decided to write.  I may not be the best writer in the world, but I get the point across and I made an interesting discovery; people read what I write!  I actually get paid for some of what I write.  Imagine that.

This is what reinventing oneself is all about.  I spent a life time wanting to be a musician.  That didn’t work out so well (although I had a lot of talent, but lacked the discipline).  I spent a life time working for others.  Regardless of the money, I was never satisfied.  When I met and married my third husband, he was self-employed in the retail industry.  He was a good marketer but a lousy businessman.  He never made enough money.   I learned a lot from that experience.  I also learned how to make good (and bad) decisions, independent of others.  I enjoyed working with him, I enjoyed not having to report to someone else. I could even live with failures because I learned from them.

Finally, learning from failures is what it’s all about.  I have an active mind and for me, writing is satisfying.  I’ll get better at it (maybe).  I’ll get to share things in a way I could not when I was younger.  

Speaking of age, do I have everything I want in terms of personal relationships?  In some ways I do, in some, I do not.  But like writing, I learn from failures.  I’ve found that even my temperament has changed over time.  Wow!

 

Psalm 40:2-3 He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.