Life After an Airline Career (IV)
Thanks to everyone who has read my previous 3 articles on what my life has been like since I concluded my 27 year Jazz airline career in August 2015 and started my own business JLT Image Consulting just a few weeks later. Writing these articles has been a great way for me to reflect and remember all of the great people I have worked with over the past 30 years and it certainly has helped me to realize just how many skills I acquired in this same time frame. Staggering really!
I promised you that this week's article would not be so nostalgic and that I would write something to inspire you and fire you up. Today's article is going to be about choices! I will tell you about some of the choices I have made at this time in my life and I hope to get you to think about the choices you can make in your life.
Before I do this, I want to share some terms to describe our stages of life. Birth is Hope, 0-3 is Vitality, Early Childhood 3-6 is Playfulness, Middle Childhood 6-8 is Imagination, Late Childhood 9-11 is Ingenuity, Adolescence 12-20 Yes you guessed it Passion! Early Adulthood 20-35 is Enterprise, Midlife 35-50 is Contemplation, Mature Adulthood 50-80 is Benevolence, Late Adulthood 80 plus is Wisdom ( Makes Sense) and then there is Death and Dying.
I happen to be in the Benevolent Stage although parts of me still feel like I am in the earlier Life Stages. The first thing I had to do was wrap my head around how being ' benevolent' applies to me now. When I looked up the actual definition, it read that benevolence is an inclination or tendency to help or do good to others and it can involve charity. The first part of the definition totally resonated with me as I have always liked to help or do good to others, in fact I have been doing that my whole life.
The choice that I have made at this time in my life however is to help others as a business and to extend any charity on a personal level. I want my business to make money and to be very successful. I am choosing to challenge myself to learn new business skills and find out by trial and error what works best for my business and what does not. Being an entrepreneur is not easy, you really need to have guts to put yourself out there and to stay the course.
Following your dreams and passions takes imagination, discipline, and determination. Despite the roller coaster ride I am on with my new business, I don't regret for one minute making this choice. I am exactly who I want to be and where I want to be in my life right now. If I suddenly have the misfortune to miss the Wisdom Stage (80 plus) and end up Dying and Dead, I will hope that I went out with a bang.
I think if I have learned anything during my transition from a long time career to starting my own business it would be that we only have a finite amount of time with which to make our life choices. I would encourage you to not be afraid to try new things, live your dream at least once in your lifetime, and above all else, believe that you can do and be anything you want to be. I certainly believe that.