Recently we had a meetup discussion on Pacing. This meetup about Balance is related to pace, but different. Like first cousins, balance and pacing come from the same family of needs.
We found many of us pace ourselves in a variety of ways, but during Life’s Third Trimester pacing becomes more and more essential as our bodies, attitudes and needs change. Those changes may necessitate how fast, how slow, how much and how frequently we get things done.
Again as bodies, attitudes and needs change, we balance our lives differently than in our previous trimesters.
So much has been written about physical balance in older adults. And that most definitely needs to be discussed. We can find out how and why we may not be as steady on our feet as we age, we can look at ways of modifying our behavior in light of those realities. Be prepared to share your wisdom about physical balance as you have aged. But there is also the concept of balancing our lives’ in general.
Remember how in our 40’s and 50’s how many of us were concerned about balancing work and home, family responsibilities or finding enough leisure time? Much of that becomes resolved in Life’s Third Trimester as we retire from work, find new ways of being productive, children wed, parents die, many changes in our priorities shift.
Still there are always more to consider. As Steve Maraboli said: “Life is a balanced system of learning and evolution. Whether pleasure or pain; every situation in your life serves a purpose. It is up to us to recognize what that purpose could be.” That can be done at any age.
What are you currently balancing in your life? What is your experience of the need for different priorities now as you are older? How do you handle physical balance demands? These and other thoughts can be considered as we meet to discuss The Balance of Life’s Third Trimester.