Climbing that Ladder to a Satisfying MidLife

by Karen Batchelor of Midlife’s a Trip

I used to think I was on the proverbial “ladder of success”.  I had the corporate job that many people dream of.  But I wasn’t living in sync with my life purpose and values and my personal life was shoved into a corner.  I had this nagging feeling that something wasn’t right.  Ya think?

Even though I had the seductive trappings of success, I wasn’t happy.  I was on the ladder but it was beginning to feel unsteady and downright rickety.  Then one day I looked around from where I was perched on the ladder and it hit me — “Wrong ladder!”

With courage I didn’t think I had, I climbed down the ladder and headed off in search of a life that was consistent with my life purpose of helping others.  Along the way I found my place in professional coaching.  And at 57 years old my dream midlife is unfolding.

That  career change in midlife sounded easy, didn’t it?  Should have had happy music playing in the background, right?  Wrong.  It wasn’t easy but it was a change that was as necessary to me as breathing.  So how did I get through it?  Well, it’s kind of like Dorothy and the ruby slippers.

When Dorothy realized where she was really meant to be, it was the ruby slippers that got her back to Kansas.  Her journey wasn’t easy, as you may recall.  Yours may not be either if you’re contemplating a midlife career change.  Like Dorothy, don’t we all have witches and flying monkeys trying to keep us from our true destination?  But they won’t stop you if you have a plan like Dorothy did:

  1. Visualize where you want to be.
  2. Make a plan on how to get there.
  3. Assemble your support system.
  4. Believe in your heart that you’re going in the right direction.
  5. Head that way.

And metaphorically speaking, when your true career destination is in sight, click those damn ruby slippers to take you on home

How steady is your ladder of success?  Reinvention is the name of the game for MidLifers, no matter which decade they’re in.  So, what are your plans for the next twenty or thirty or forty years?

  • Karen

    Merlotmom — Love your comment and energy!! As MA’d Goddess points out all you need is the big dream to get moving. And the “ruby slippers” are just a tool to kick whatever gets in the way — out of the way!!

    By the way, I actually do have ruby slippers. They’re red sequin Converse sneakers that a friend led me to on the Nordstrom’s website. After a lifetime of coveting Dorothy shoes, I now have my own ruby slippers to help me ease on down the yellow brick road to what I want in midlife.


    MA’d Goddess — You’re so right!! That’s what I mean by visualize in step 1 but “dream big” has so much power behind it. In fact, as I write in future posts about how to fuel your midlife trip, “dream big and take action” is one of the steps. You’re way ahead of me today!


  • MA’d Goddess

    Don’t forget to DREAM. DREAM BIG! Dream beyond your (self imposed) boundaries, dram like there is nothing holding you back. There are no limitations in life, only challenges to be met.

  • merlotmom

    Right on! I’m going to print that out and tape it to my computer, bathroom mirror, everywhere! Thanks.

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