I came upon this glorious yellow iris while walking in my neighborhood park. What a treat to see a spring flower blooming during October!
This reblooming flower variety made me think that midlife feels a bit like this iris; we can experience a second — different — growth before winter.
I spent the early part of my life preparing for and then growing into a career, family, community, and faith. I saw much of that grow and bloom.
Now I’m in a new phase of growth that’s beginning to blossom.
- A deepening faith because of witnessing God’s faithfulness through hardships.
- A new sort of family with grown up children and more time for my husband.
- A new community — a new neighborhood and church family to grow into while celebrating the joy of sustained friendships through the years.
- A renewal of vocation, returning to writing and editing after setting it aside to homeschool my children.
This listing of opportunities for change and growth makes this season of life sound so easy.
It hasn’t been.
Hardships include watching my dad’s life and health change dramatically, and then being with him when he passed away. I felt like I had the wind kicked out of me and couldn’t suck in air for nearly five years.
Releasing my children to make their way in the world has been difficult: I sobbed when they moved off to college. I prayed for them. Worried over them. And hovered over them too much.
Selling my favorite house where we raised our children brought many tears.
And there have been a few twists in the road after returning to work.
I see my friends navigating their own changes, too. Each story is unique.
And I look forward to the beautiful bouquet we will all be when we bloom again.