UpJourney piece: "I Have No Idea What I’m Doing with My Life (HELP ME)"

I Have No Idea What I’m Doing with My Life (HELP ME)

Nothing in life is guaranteed. Just when you think you have it all figured out, life takes a complete shift, and you no longer know what to do with it.

But then again, life is unique and ever-changing. We all have our own journeys to take. So when you feel like you have no clue what you’re doing and where your life is headed, what should you do?

Maria Leonard Olsen

Civil Litigation Attorney | Author of “50 After 50–Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life”

At age 50, I had to start over. I got divorced and sober from alcoholism, became an empty-nester, and was living alone for the first time in my life.

To explore the contours of how I wanted to live the next chapter of my life, I tried 50 new things in my fiftieth year, including physical challenges, lifestyle changes, spiritual endeavors, learning & teaching, travel, and thrill-seeking adventures.

Stretching my comfort zone and trying new things and ways of living distilled for me what was most important to me and how I would design my life in accordance with my values.

Sometimes it takes chaos or coming to a valley in life to prompt someone to make real change. Every person and situation has the capacity to teach us something if we are open to the lesson. Because I was ready to change everything in my life and take a hard and honest look at my actions, I was able to grow. As a result, my whole outlook on life has changed.

I am grateful every day for the blessings I have and take time to appreciate them; I am now deeply intentional with how I use the precious and limited commodity of time, and I try each day to drink fully from the cup of life.

It’s your life, and it’s up to you what you do with it! And each day, you get a new opportunity to craft part of your story.