“What problem is big enough to be worthy of my life”?
WOW, what a question! What does ‘a problem’ mean? I see everything I take on when I raise my bar as an exciting challenge. Hmm, & then I started to see why the word ’problem’ was used. Usually when you take on a really huge challenge, in addition to it being an opportunity to grow outside one’s comfort zone, it can create a ‘problem’. So, something really big to have my life make a difference & call on me to live life large. Immediately I said it would be to have enough inventory of my beaded necklaces to meet a huge demand. I then breathed a sigh of relief. Yes, this was it. After taking a 2 hour simple class in beading, I fell in love with the craft & before you knew it, I had about 50 necklaces made. What to do with all those still left after I gave most away to family & friends? Sell, sell & sell said my friends. No, no, no said I.
SELL, SELL, SELL
Why couldn’t I do that; sell, sell, sell? All my life I shied away from being an entrepreneur. I often gave my time, my skills and my talents away for free. I worked for 30 years as a civil servant, earning low wages but providing a public service supporting & empowering unemployed professionals. After I retired I continued to help people with their resumes & job searches. “Become a consultant, work for outplacement” my peers would say. No, no, no I’d say. I don’t want to be an entrepreneur. How could I start charging now for anything I did?
A PROBLEM WORTHY of my LIFE?
I pondered this question of a problem worthy of my life? I know- keep growing the business so I can leave a legacy to my daughter who is now designing & making beautiful, graceful, feminine beaded necklaces. She wants our business to grow in order to supplement her income as a massage therapist.
Now this seems like a worthy cause. Yet, something doesn’t feel just right. Sharing my quest with some friends, I have an eureka moment. I GOT IT: I know what problem is worthy of my life.
THIS IS IT!
At age 68 I created my company BeadZbyRoZ from a hobby & sold over 200 necklaces, did 15 craft shows, expanded my computer skills, created a website www.BeadZbyRoZ.com, became a business woman & through it all, I continued to express my passion for the bright, textured, alluring combinations of beads. I reinvented myself & now I have a really big problem worthy of my life & it is to inspire other seniors to find & express their passion & reinvent themselves.