“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, at evening will have become a lie.” Carl Jung
Mid-life is the beginning of life’s afternoon.
And I know that I, for one, am a different person that I was in my early adult years.
Different to how I was in the morning.
When I look back on the things I see differently, the things I know now that I did not and the things I have let go, it is quite a grand manifesto.
A manifesto full of self-induced suffering and hardship, life experiences, things I understood and things I just didn’t.
I guess it is a manifesto of a life.
I am sitting here in my office looking out on blood red raging sky appreciating the beauty it has provided for little investment other than to look up and notice.
It is interesting it has appeared in the morning because it is youth, beauty and vibrancy that we associate with life’s morning.
Yet I have also witnessed the same flaming colours in the evening although they are softer, less dramatic hues. Even nature knows that it is not just youth that can hold the eye.
That vibrancy, beauty and indeed colour, can be associated with those who are well passed mornings early smile.
Entering the afternoon of life requires a shedding.
Reviewing of what we carry in our backpacks that have burdened the AM.
For in the afternoon of life we do not want to carry the heaviness that has accompanied us on our previous path.
Stuff that has festered through life’s sometimes cruel hand.
For one realises that to move forward and create an afternoon of joy, of love, of richness, one has to be free of burdensome troubles.
We have to reject all thoughts of wrong doing, seek tranquillity in the liberty that is forgiveness and understand that people, while not doing well sometimes, do their best at all times.
And when we reflect upon our morning, we must do it with pride, with serenity and with an ode to ourselves, how far we have come and how wonderful the journey ahead will be.
We must appreciate those that have stood beside us even on our bad mornings and those that have come into our life to provide a much-needed lesson.
And as we move into the afternoon of our lives scarred and scathed, however rich, we are accompanied with the wisdom and the knowing that it only comes through living life’s morning.
Through living life’s morning and knowing that things done during the awakening of our life have only the slightest influence on the sunny afternoon ahead of us .