Indulge me if you will. It’s my birthday on Tuesday, and I turn 49. Normally I have a birthday month, so for two weeks before, and two weeks after, I manage to stretch my birthday celebrations out in a variety of calorie-laden and sociable ways. Somehow this year, it hasn’t happened. I might be lucky to squeeze a week or two this year but the birthday month is just not materialising.
49 got me thinking; about 7 year cycles espoused by traditions such as Rudoph Steiner, numerology, reflected in the chakra system and on and on.
I have just finished my sixth 7 year cycle and am about to start my seventh. That seems significant. A very long and detailed article on the phenomenon noted that from 42-48:
the unlived aspects of life cry out to be recognised and allowed. The desire to make a mark in life if it has not already been achieved presses for action here.
That certainly sounds about right. Now that I am entering 49-55 cycle, this is what I have to look forward to:
This is when we take an inventory of our life. It’s a time of spiritual questioning and review of our life purpose. If we haven’t successfully understood who we are by this stage and achieved our goals, then depression, moodiness and turmoil will plague both our waking life and our dreams.
While I confess there was a certain selectivity in the sites I looked at (conveniently ignoring those who somehow indicated I was over the hill) it has been useful to reflect:
1. We women in particular REALLY need to live our dreams. It is just not healthy for us if we don’t
2. Each age and stage needs to be celebrated for what it can offer us.
3. When you are not keen on what the stage offers us, make up your own rules! We are the architects of our personal, professional and spiritual lives.
4. Age is just a number. I feel 27 so I am 27.
Now let the birthday celebrations begin!
Pip Brennan is a business coach who is passionate about supporting artistic and spiritual businesswomen to create profitable businesses that are aligned with their values.