Carl Jung on Midlife.
“Wholly unprepared, [we] embark upon the second half of life. Or are there perhaps colleges for forty-year-olds which prepare them for their coming life and its demands as the ordinary colleges introduce our young people to a knowledge of the world and of life?
No, there are none. No, thoroughly unprepared we take the step into the afternoon of life; worse still, we take this step with the false assumption that our truths and ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning – for what was great in the morning will be little at evening, and what in the morning was true will, at evening, have become a lie.”
- Carl Jung
Jung also suggested the middle years are when the "glowing coals of consciousness buried deep within the personality begin to break into flame."
And, I suggest within that flame resides the core purpose for the rest of our lives.
Are you being held captive by your first half of life identity?
Are you ready to strip away that mask?
How can you tend to the flame inside of you that needs to be stoked?
What habitat will best support your metamorphosis?