What do you want your life to look like? A manifesto is a blueprint or guideline that can be used for creating the life you want. A manifesto is about anything you feel strongly. Our United States Constitution is a manifesto that guides our countries direction and decisions. The Ten Commandments is a theological manifesto that is a guideline for human behavior. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech is another type of manifesto.
A personal manifesto is a guideline or blueprint for how we choose to live our lives. A manifesto is not a list of goals but a reflection of what your highest self wants for you. What do you stand for?
Why a Midlife Manifesto?
A manifesto is about your values and beliefs and how you choose to live your life now. You are not the same person you were at 20. You may have similar values now than at 40, 60, 80 or even 100 and beyond. Yet, how you choose to live your life and what is important to you at each stage will change.
Midlife is a perfect time to reassess who we are and what we want out of life. We have lost the innocence and idealism of youth. We’ve had both successes and failures. We may have spent much of life doing what others expected of us are trying to be perfect. At midlife, we have a realization that we can be our own person. We are ready to reclaim our power and decide what is right for us.
How to write your manifesto
Your manifesto is a reflection of you. Taking the time to reflect on what is important is not an easy task. There is not a right answer.
Ask yourself a series of questions such as:
- What do I believe?
- What do I consider important?
- If I had an unlimited supply of money, time and resources what would I do?
- What are my values?
- How do I want to spend my time?
- How do I want to spend my money?
Let your answers reflect your authentic self, your essence, who you are at your core.
Start by taking the time to reflect on these questions or others you consider important. Then take long walks, journal, draw, and eventually write the answers to your questions. This document is your supporting document for your Midlife Manifesto.
Create your one-page Midlife Manifesto
Create a one page document. It may be a list of words or bullet points or a letter you write to yourself. You can type it or hand write it with pictures and bright colors. The format is up to you. Make it readable. Make it resonate with your highest self with who and what you want to be for yourself, for others and for the world.
What to do with a Midlife Manifesto?
Creating our Midlife Manifesto takes time and thought. It may bring up inconsistencies where we say value one thing yet find ourselves doing something else. For instance, we say we value a healthy lifestyle, yet you we eat donuts for breakfast, fast food for lunch and never exercise.
The gap between what we say we value, believe and want creates opportunities for change. Having a healthy lifestyle may not be important for you at this stage of life, and that is ok too. Your Midlife Manifesto is about what you value and is important to you. Now what others say is important or what you should do.
Your midlife manifesto is just for you. Read it daily. Use your manifesto as a guideline for making decisions and setting goals that are just right for you.
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