27 Oct What does Fulfillment Mean to You?
Happy Friday ladies,
It is hard to believe it is almost November, as it seems like the months go quickly by as we head to the Holidays. I have been thinking about this subject for awhile, thinking about what makes me fulfilled at this stage in life. The true meaning is “being satisfied or happy because of fully developing one’s abilities or character.”
With Thanksgiving on its way, we often think about things in which we are grateful. Along those same lines, I have been thinking about what is fulfillment at this stage in life? I have always felt that my job should be fulfilling. I would have to want to wake up and enjoy going to work or be passionate about what i was doing.
Because of my illness, I have been unable to work my teaching job, as the idea of standing or sitting for long periods, is a physical impossibility. When EDS was at its worst, I had to stop teaching guitar as the muscle pain was just too severe, and the unpredictability and uncertainty of a good day would not work with a set teaching schedule.
Enter blogging. I began this as a diversion, and a way to take my love of fashion to another creative level. I can work around my schedule and how i am feeling. Having a creative outlet is a must for me, as that is part of my personality and adds to my fulfillment in life. As much as I love clothes and fashion, being a fashion blogger, it is the internal things that bring me to a more fulfilled life.
What I know adds fulfillment in my life is being able to take care of my puppies. Although my hubby and I do not have kids, I enjoy pampering the pooches and taking care of them. Again, thinking of something other than myself.
I was thinking what other ways could I find meaning in my life. I am a huge animal-dog lover and see what joy they bring to me. When I was a teenager, my mom took us to Kane Hospital to take the patients to the chapel, as a part of service, I enjoyed talking to the people as they welcomed us each week.
I am looking to have the pups certified to take them into hospitals to bring other people joy and happiness in their day. I do think finding fulfillment and happiness is about looking outside our own lives for what we can do to help others.
What I feel is important is doing something that you deem important. What enriches you at midlife? When there are obstacles in life, do you let them go or hang on to the problem? I also believe fulfillment comes from letting the little things that bother us go, as i try not to get hung up on the negative.
With the lack of a teaching job, I had to find other things in life that provided fulfillment. I am looking forward to traveling and seeing more of the world, but also appreciating what I have and continuing to learn more. Self-care, be it body and mind, makes for more fulfillment.
How do you find fulfillment in life? at midlife?
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