The next 50: My 40 Days to Change For Good 2018


I’m turning 50 in 2019.

When I was a kid I always imagined I’d live to be 100. It was my number I kept in mind when I made big decisions like: do something you love doing, make sure you have enough money for the life you want to live, be active, eat right, listen to the heart instead of the worried mind.

I may be rounding up by a few years.

The average life expectancy of the US male is 76.9 years. “Dead by 77”, that’s our manly motto! If you’re a US female add five years to that number. (If you’re curious, we’re 31st on the list, just below Costa Rica and just above Cuba – full list here.)

However, since I consider myself –and you dear reader – decidedly above average, I’m sticking with the 100-year number. And I’m banking on good genes – my 87-year-old father was out on the tractor last time I visited. That means this year is (hopefully) my halfway mark.

It’s the perfect time to dedicate some focused time and ask some big questions about what I want the next/last 50 to look like. Questions like:

  • What do I carry with me across this threshold?
  • What do I leave behind, no matter how enticing or safe feeling?
  • What essential parts of me do I reclaim that I’ve lost track of over the years?

I can think of no better way to spend my 40 days to change for good this year. I’m inspired! Also alternately scared, calm, enthusiastic – that’s a good mix of feelings for another powerful 40 days challenge.

Won’t you join me?

As always Day 40 begins November 11, Veterans Day and Day 0 ends on December 21, Winter Solstice, the day the sun begins to return.

What’s your 40 Days to Change for Good?

Let’s inspire each other to be the people we were meant to be.

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