Unravel to rebuild

Lynda Smith shares her journey of discovering purpose and fullness in her later years

I sat quietly in my home office thinking about how fast the first 50 years of my life had passed by.  The year was 2007 and I was reflecting on the roller coaster ride I had been on for the past two years and now all of a sudden it seemed quiet and depressing.  I remember the thoughts going through my mind, including, “I can die now – I have done the job I was put on this earth to do.”

These thoughts were a mixture of many parts of my life’s journey all of which I was experiencing at the same time.  Probably because I had never really gotten around to processing everything I had been through in those last few years.  There had been a divorce, the end of a business I was involved in for 15 years, both my children had gotten married and left the country, as well as a business contract coming to an end. All this as I turned 50!  The picture of what my life would look like beyond this point was blank.

I had a bit of a pity party for a few months – something most of us mothers go through after giving our children roots and then having to release them and give them wings.  I loved being a parent and empty nest was a major blow to my perspective on the future.  I then gave myself a little pep talk and realised that I probably have another 25 good years ahead of me and best I pull myself together and look at how and what I could do with my life.  We all have skills, talents and things we are passionate about. I made the decision to take myself on a new adventure to discover what this next journey may look like.

The first thing I did was to move house.  I made the decision to move out of Johannesburg to Hartbeespoort Dam.  I wanted to live in a secure place, where I could make friends and enjoy a form of community life.  I was working for myself so it didn’t really matter where I lived as long as I had my computer and connectivity.  This is such a wonderful part of life in the 21st Century – I was close to an airport and a city, and yet I was able to enjoy the freedom and beauty of country life.  I am passionate about social change and decided to enrol at GIBS in 2009 to study Social Entrepreneurship. I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn and engage in a subject that I am so interested in. The journey of discovering what I wanted to do next didn’t just pop into my head one day.  It was a path that included reading, prayer and discussions, and walking a road that was in many ways both a joy as well as one filled with pain.  I spent quality time reflecting and trying to understand what I wanted to do, as well as considering possible needs in the world around me.  From this process emerged the person I am today.

It had been a 6 year journey during which I re-evaluated each area of my life, and slowly put the pieces of my puzzle back together.  Finances were a major challenge and I am so grateful to the Chartered Wealth Solutions team for the way in which they have helped me to ensure a sense of security and direction.  I discovered that helping people with their transformations is what I love doing, and today I find myself busier and more fulfilled than I have ever been.  I started a business called The Refirement Network, helping fellow baby boomers to navigate this amazing journey, and returned to my earlier passion, that of helping to set up and manage a non-profit business that focuses on early childhood development.

It is now close to the end of 2013 and six years on and I am blessed and fulfilled in so many areas of my life.  I have four beautiful grandchildren and have adopted the motto “have children – will travel”.  I still hate to leave them at the end of every visit but I know I will be returning to a life filled with so many new and wonderful adventures. I love the fact that I can make a difference, make a living and enjoy life all at the same time.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Subscribe to our Newsletter
Subscribe to Inflight

Subscribe to Retire Successfully Newsletter and Weekly Tip

 

By clicking Submit, you consent to the processing of your personal information by Chartered Wealth Solutions in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Social

This site is brought to you by
Chartered Wealth Solutions