Jaime Radow Life Coach Personal Brand Consultant Life Support
THE WILDERNESS YEARS
August 28, 2014
I speak with many people who are worried about their future. They are somehow worried that they will miss the boat. That they will fail to recognize their purpose and life will pass them by. I was one of those people. I walked down dozens of different roads trying to uncover who I was supposed to be. I spent a lot of time frustrated, depressed, and afraid. I now realize those challenging experiences were CREATING the person I would become in my 30’s.
That nonsense gave me character, thicker skin, and the confidence that I needed in the following chapters. It's ok not to know. It's ok to fail. But just keep moving forward. Keep learning, growing, and doing. Even when you feel like you are at a standstill you may be processing, subconsciously preparing for the next big opportunity coming your way.
Today, I still have many, many lessons to learn, but now have enough perspective to know that even when it feels like the end of the world, tomorrow will come. I have fallen asleep on mascara stained pillows enough times to know that the sun always rises.
I read an article a little while back that related to the life of Steve Jobs as if it was a Three Act Play. The Second Act was titled "The Wildernesses Years" explaining that "...many people--particularly creative types--are often their most prolific during their thirties and early forties. With all the heady success of Apple during Jobs' last 14 years, it's all too easy to dismiss these "lost" years. But in truth, they transformed everything.”
So give yourself a break. Perhaps you are not ripe yet. You may need to cling to that vine a bit longer. Listen to your gut. You will know when it’s time to let go.