My first AHA! moment

My first AHA! moment that I had while reading “It’s Never Too Late” was that my career for decades has been as a professional sick person.  Julia Cameron was talking about how people feel lost when they retire.  They’ve always seen themselves as their profession, and when that’s gone they don’t know who they are any more.  That’s exactly how I feel.

For those who haven’t read my Lyme story, I almost died three times from Lyme Disease.  I have finally healed to the point where it isn’t a daily threat, and then I spent a couple of years learning to trust that I was better.  I haven’t worked in ten years because of Lyme, so I never had a career.  But I realized while reading Julia Cameron’s book that I was really a professional sick person.  My job every day was to work to stay alive, then to rest and regain my strength.  But I’m “retired” from that job now.  And I’m trying to figure out what’s next.  So this book has come at the perfect time for me.  I am hoping to find more of my creativity and find a new avenues to explore my desires.

By the way, you don’t have to be a retired person to benefit from this book since I am technically not a senior citizen yet.  You do have to be willing to see your life through a bigger picture.  If you can do that, I bet you will have your own amazing Aha! moment.

No doubt more will be revealed to me through working through the book and with our Bookclub.

Hugs, Cee

email: cee@cee-chris.com

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  1. I loved Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist Way. I read it several times, I followed her ideas about doing the Morning Pages by hand, and I have been thinking of getting that book out again. I also heard her speak. Much time has passed since then. I don’t do the morning pages anymore, because I am at the computer. Hmmmm…. If this is a new book, I will look for it.

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    1. Yes Carol it is a fairly new book. I think you would like it. We are having a bookclub for it start in a couple of weeks, Feel free to join us.

      We’re going to have a password protected page for the book club, so if you don’t mind sharing your email address, we’ll send you an invitation to the page and the password. We guarantee that we won’t share your email with anyone else without your permission. You can send it to me at Cee@Cee-Chris.com.

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  2. Aha!!! I’ll have to check out this book or re-read The Artist’s Way. Society in general defines us by our careers. Mine was “At-home mother” until my kids grew up. When people ask, “What do you do?”, it’s hard to know how to answer because I’m really trying define who I am now. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

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  3. You inspire us, Cee! I am so glad that you “retired”!!!
    >> “…how people feel lost when they retire.”
    I am an odd-ball, I guess. I feel re-born to a better life after retiring. 😉 Still, it sounds like a wonderful book. I can see it would benefit many.
    Have a great day.

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  4. It can be hard to find a reason to get up in the morning either because of a disability or retirement. Photography is a fantastic way to be creative, spend time outdoors and meet new people. Your blog is a wonderful way to bring people together and share their story. Keep up the good work!

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  5. Certainly, thanks for sharing your story; I’m so sorry you’ve had to through all of this! And I’m glad you’re doing better now 🙂

    I can relate to a point—I’ve had fibromyalgia for decades and chronic migraine for several years (although certainly neither are life-threatening). I’m unable to work and use the Theology Masters degree I worked so hard to get, and the frustration is enormous! I am trying to squeeze in writing and photography in between migraine days, but it’s difficult.

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    1. Many of the symptoms of Lymes is shared with Fibromyalgia. I feel for you … there is a lot you have to deal with on a daily basis. My heart goes out to you. Photography has certainly saved me n a lot of ways. 😀 Let’s stay in touch.

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  6. Cee – I’ve known you for a long time. And while you went through the “being a professional sick person” for a long time, it was never the whole sum of your existence. As you started feeling better (i.e., for longer periods of time), you started doing things and getting out. Yes, this is different now that you’re so much more healed, but even when you were sick you were blogging, taking pictures (and post processing them) and doing things besides being sick.

    So. . . don’t be so hard on yourself. For what you had going on, you did awesome.

    Nancy

    P.S. And so did Chris, hanging onto her job and taking care of you. She was great.

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