Many people are re-inventing themselves these days. Jobs have been lost, houses returned to banks, plans interrupted. Children have delayed leaving or moved back in. It’s been disruptive, but it’s also a time when we can stop and take stock of our lives. Were we happy with that job? Was the responsibility of the house holding us back from doing other things? Is continuing to support the kids the end of our own life plans, or is it an opportunity to show them how to step back every so often and evaluate things?
So many of us made long-term plans: go to school for a particular degree, get a job in our field, have a family, etc. The turns in the economy and the energies of the world have put the brakes on some of those plans, but it’s not all bad. We can use the opportunity to decide if what we chose for ourselves is still what we want. Thus we see the phenomenon of massive re-invention. People are getting into slash careers. Writers are doing fiction/journalism/textbook editing. Astrologers are doing readings/speaking at conferences/writing books. Etc.
I liken this re-invention, especially for people over 30, to emigration. For instance, my grandfather was an engineering student in Poland until things got so bad there he had to leave. He came to the USA in the late 1920s, where he knew only a few family members. When the Great Depression of the early 1930s hit, Grandpa Dave’s plans of being an engineer were stymied. But he used his organizational skills and his education to enter the family business and run a bakery. He was as successful as one can be at such an enterprise; he supported his own family and gave others jobs.
It’s basically the same thing for us now: we have to leave what we’ve known for a long time, our “homeland”, as it were. We have to begin again somewhere else, where we are not necessarily experts, where we don’t necessarily have the clientele or the support network that we’re used to. We still have our skills, we still have our talents and abilities. We just have to rework how we use them, what we use them for.
Let’s say you used to be a plumber. You have a license and had a good clientele of steady jobs over the years. But the downturn in the construction industry has made the installation of new plumbing, your specialty, a rarity. What do you do? Well, you could teach plumbing. You could design new plumbing products, based on your experience with existing technologies. But while you bring with you all your knowledge of plumbing, you’ll have to develop a whole new business network to get teaching jobs. And you’ll have to learn about patents and running your own business to sell your new products.
So if you are in the midst of trying to re-invent yourself, you could think of it as an emigration, to a new country of abundance, a new land of opportunity for joy. What are you going to pack? Here’s my list:
- Skills, talents and expertise you already have
- People—friends, family, business associates, acquaintances
- Values, philosophies, and beliefs—but only those that still serve you
- Willingness to take risks
Before you go, of course, you should pare down so that you aren’t burdened by things that no longer serve you. What ideas did you used to have, about work, about yourself, about what you can do in the world, that you can now leave behind? What beliefs worked before, but now that times have changed, simply aren’t true anymore? Just think of the yard sale all your old baggage would make…ha!
Yes, re-inventing ourselves, emigrating to a new way of making our way in the world, is scary and intense. But the ship we’re on is full of others like us, full of the new hopes and dreams. We are part of a vast migration; we are going to a place that we are creating ourselves.
Plugs for various services that might help with your trip to a new you:
- If you want to talk about your innate talents and skills, where you slide through life and where you have challenges, I can help with a natal chart reading. I can also work specifically with vocation and career issues. Please visit my website at Oneness Astrology With Ki, and contact me at email@example.com.
- If you want to be re-energized in your search for vocation, for what you want to do, rather than what you think you have to do, contact Louise Goeckel at Let’s Go Forward!.