I’m a fan of referring to perimenopause as a season. Kind of like summer. It’s not going to last, but I’ll probably wish it was over sooner than it’s going to be because I covet the next perfect and beautiful season that I wish would never end: Autumn.
During this season, I find myself wishing for time to expedite the end of this perimenopause monster and let me get on with my life. And then, I realize I’m wishing my life away. Who knows how long this will actually last? In the meantime, there is a lot of life to live and enjoy. Some days are more bearable than others during this season, but I encourage you to find something joyful in each day, in each season.
Use this time to reflect on all you’ve accomplished so far and what you envision for the years ahead. One thing that fascinates me about life is that we are ever-evolving in our roles, our talents, and our vision. We gradually transition from parents into grandparents. We may shockingly and suddenly transition from child to orphan as our parents pass on. We may surprise ourselves to evolve from employee to business owner. For each of those seasons of life, we have been gifted the ability and wisdom to navigate them.
Consider your current season. Has it just begun, are you in the thick middle of it, or is it calming down, preparing you for what is coming next? I encourage you to not be overwhelmed. Take confidence that you have been given many gifts that you don’t even know about yet. Talents to do things you never thought possible and ability to actualize the things that were goals only a few years ago.
Prepare yourself that this season is not about settling for what’s being handed you. It’s building you up for what’s next. It’s revealing perseverance and confidence that you never realized you had. There are many seasons ahead still. We’ve been given too many talents to think they could have all been crammed into previous decades. No, my friend, there is much more to come.
Open your mind and your mindset to the newness developing in you…trust me there are still new things within you. We’re reminded of this in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven…” You’ve experienced how complicated our bodies can be. Now be willing to participate in dynamic and creative our minds can be!