Second Half of Life


Making The Second Half of Life the Best Half !



The Second Half of Life can be the most creative and fulfilling time of our lives. Over the years, we have made choices to go certain directions and left behind other directions that may have been equally or even more fulfilling. We have many abandoned dreams and undeveloped talents that do not just go away when we ignore them. Instead they reside deep in our psyches and become troublesome as we age.

According to Jungian psychotherapists, Robert A. Johnson and Jerry M. Ruhl, it is important to reconnect with our unfulfilled dreams and aspirations if we are to be at peace with ourselves and others in the Second Half of Life. By becoming aware of hidden yearnings and developing abandoned talents, we can integrate our outer lives with those parts of our “right life” we have buried deep within our psyches.

One of my hopes in coaching and on this blog is to help others explore the integration process and connect with their unlived lives. I want to help them reinvent themselves, navigate transition, create meaning, and realize the life they are meant to have. 

Oftentimes we experience limiting thoughts or beliefs in the Second Half of Life. We live in a society that tends to devalue people as they grow older. We begin to think that we are too old to change careers, start a new business, find romantic love, or live a life of adventure. I want to help people dissolve their limiting thoughts and beliefs. I want them to know that no matter what their age, they are visible, they are significant, and they can make a difference.  I want them to live with purpose and to make the Second Half of Life all that it can be.



11 Responses to Second Half of Life

  1. Ellie says:

    Thanks for making yourself available. I look forward to more. I am having much more fun in the second half.

    • ahalifedesign says:

      Thanks so much for visiting my blog Ellie. I too am having more fun. I see the second half of life as a new beginning – a very exciting time. I look forward to your next visit. :)

  2. Doug Smith says:

    You are so right that limiting beliefs can slow us down. Letting go of what holds us back is a great and creative way to make new beginnings.

    Approaching the second half, in fact every day, as a beginner in an exciting and creative adventure fills life with peace and joy.

  3. ahalifedesign says:

    Hi Doug, thanks for visiting my blog and for your comments. The second half of life holds so much possibility and really is an exciting and creative adventure, isn’t it?

  4. Steve Brumme says:

    Beautifully spoken Laurie. I collect information from anyone who is living life outside the norm, and is happier for it. And you seem to be someone who is living the herone’s path: The one who lives outside the norm, taking adventures and returning with gifts for your friends. You do it with brilliance. I look forward to reading more from you.

  5. What a wonderful website and blog. Truly
    inspirational! Barb

  6. ahalifedesign says:

    Hi Steve, thanks so much for your lovely comment. It is kind of you to visit my blog. Welcome! I hope that your 2010 is off to an excellent start.

  7. ahalifedesign says:

    Thanks so much Barb for visiting and for your thoughtful comment. I look forward to getting to know you and finding ways we can help Second Half of Lifers together.

  8. Annie Nowlin says:

    The second half of life; whoa, that’s a topic to which there are many angles. Many say they wouldn’t redo the first half if they had to because of all the developmental stages, especially pre-pubescent, pubescent, adolescent and young adulthood; many which overlap. Not that by the time we’re in our mid-50s we have it ‘all figured out;’ but we have a pretty good handle on life.

    But there are angles that I’d like to embracing the second half of life; but they’re personal ones, so I’d ask that you-whom I’ve never met-respect them. Throughout my life, there have been health issues, such that any physician or healer of any type really has to put on the brakes and thinking cap; I’m quite a challenge. This hasn’t been going on for a year or two. Try 40 years. I had fooled myself in thinking that I only needed to take a few pills daily and life was perfect; NOT!

    Finally, I realized I wasn’t really engaging in the life that I thought. I was stuffing a lot of love, resentment and other feelings. I wasn’t (and hadn’t been for some time) going through the necessary developmental stages to reach a healthy adulthood.

    Now, in my late 50s, big chunks of life seem to have passed me by and development is one thing you can’t “fast track!” As much as I try to look forward to the future with a sense of vitality, I can’t help but think, ‘is that all there is?’

    Sorry, if this is long and may sound ‘over the top,’ but we need to remember that the brass ring isn’t always what and where we think it is, and it comes in so many sizes!


  9. Thanks for this intelligent and compassionate blog. Personally, I am really starting to welcome the opportunity for integration that approaching 50 brings. I want to face the things I genuinely will never do and be with courage, whilst facing the possibility of those things I *may* do and be with the same courage!!

    • ahalifedesign says:

      Wow, what a beautiful comment. Thanks so much Michele for visiting my blog and for writing such a thoughtful note. I appreciate it deeply.

      The opportunity for integration is exciting, isn’t it? It can be a great deal of work and somewhat disconcerting, but I can’t imagine a more promising and rewarding path than that to becoming whole.

      Bravo for facing things – those that you won’t ever do and those that you may – with courage. By embracing that courage, I’m certain you’ll do many things that you never would have imagined doing earlier. So many wonders awaiting us in the second half of life.

      Thank you again,

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