Are you over the halfway mark in life terms and looking at a life in front of you with fewer options?  

I find it frustrating when I hear people in their late forties, fifties and sixties talking about getting older as if it is a disability and all there is left is a slippery slide into old age complete with fluffy slippers and early nights.

It is a crying waste of human spirit.

For most of us the early part of our working life is consumed with bringing up a family, paying for a house, building wealth and most importantly learning.  By the time middle age has come along we have built a stockpile of worldly experience and knowledge.

Right at the point when we are in the perfect position to live a life of wonder and abundance, confidence seems to take a nosedive and expectations that we should grow old gracefully take over. 

The fact is that many of us will live to 90, so the idea of slowing down at 40, 50 or even 60 is ridiculous, we’ve barely got warmed up.

I was blessed with having an inspiring role model in my mother who was widowed at forty five and rather than sink into the depths of self pity, picked herself up and built the family dairy farm into one of the biggest, most entrepreneurial businesses in her district. 

So when I found myself at a turning point in my life at 50 looking down a road that seemed to be narrowing, I knew exactly what to do. I won't deny I had the negative thoughts, feelings of inadequacy, even excusing myself for not living life to the full but thankfully fate dealt me a huge blow that recalibrated my priorities in an instant. (That’s a story for another day) I took my passion for renovating and transformed it into the vehicle that would provide the time, money and energy to live a life I love.

Of course it wasn't easy, but I can tell you it beats the hell out of knitting booties and watching daytime television!!

So if you are at that stage of life and this article speaks to you, I urge you it is never too late, don’t settle for mediocrity but reach for the stars...find your passion and build a new life from  it.

What dreams do you have for the second half of your life? Tell me about them in the comments below!

Bernadette Janson is a professional renovator and founder of the School of Renovating, founded with a mission of helping women to secure their financial futures by learning how to do renovations within a proven system. Visit www.theschoolofrenovating.com to learn more about Bernadette.