10 Clear Signs it Was Time For Me to Wake Up.

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Have I really been sleeping for all these years? Probably. I mean, maybe not in a complete life coma but pretty close. I sit here and type this and realize my whole life is a haze, a blur. All 53 years of it. What on earth have I been doing all this time? Did I miss a memo? Some signs? I dunno

But most importantly, why did it take me this long to wake up?

I used to remember hearing people say life begins at 50 and wondered what that meant. I totally get it now. Life really does begin at 50. I went through a whole lotta crap (and good stuff too!!) for the first 50 years of my life. It was colourful to say the least.

And honest to God, I hit 50 and my first thought was “what am I doing?” It was time to wake up.  I took inventory of my life and these things flashed by.

10 signs it was time to wake up

10 Signs that it was time to wake up.

 

You’re probably more than halfway through life.

This was a big one for me. Omg. More than half of my life is gone. What have I been doing? Well, living actually, but more like learning and preparing me for the next half of my life, I like to think anyway.

 

There are so many more things I want to do.

 

Travel, write books, speak in public. I had a list as long as my arm and I hadn’t even knocked off a fraction of it. I had to get cracking at that.

 

I have a purpose and I need to start living it.

 

No no no, not this girl. Not any of us really, but that’s how we live. We wake up, go to work, pay bills and die. We have so much more to do than that. You know that.

 

I was stuck and frustrated.

 

I felt this anxiety inside of me that kept poking at me. Almost wanting to scream at me, “hey lady, wake up!! You got things to do. What on earth are you waiting for”? These signs were starting to come in loud and clear.

 

I was tired of just existing.

 

I wanted to live. There’s a life to live and I was just existing. There was a life buried in my dream of dreams and I needed to unleash it. Live it, see it, taste it, feel it. It was dying to get out. If this isn’t one of those in your face signs then I don’t know what is.

 

There’s a free spirit inside that needs to be freed.

 

I could feel her. Why was I keeping her locked up inside? A spirit inside of me that was crying, I could almost hear her moaning in anguish, wanting to be freed. I had to let her escape and live.

 

The world needs me.

 

I don’t mean this in an egotistical way. I mean the world is in desperate need of healers, lovers and kind people and I was one of them. Why was I not sharing all that with the world? The world needs me. One of the biggest signs for me!

 

I don’t want to die with regrets.

 

I can’t and won’t be 80 years old, lying in my death bed and thinking “damn I wish I would have….”. I don’t want to be that person. I refuse to be that person.

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You only get one shot.

 

This is it. You’re not going to get another chance to do shit if you didn’t do it while you were alive. Iva, what on earth are you waiting for? Stop pretending and practicing. Get out and live.

 

Being happy is my birthright and it’s time to start being.

Happiness has been inside of me all this time, also screaming to get out and be released and experienced. I had been miserable for many many years. I did whatever I felt I had to do to get to that place of happiness and man, it was worth it. Another powerful and clear sign.

10 signs it was time to wake up

 

So much inside of me woke up. There were people to see and love, joy to share, love to spread, smiles to see and a beautiful life to live. At 50 years old, it was time to do it. It was finally time to wake up and I have never been happier in my life, ever. (ok well maybe except the day my kid was born)

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Ooops, I must have overslept. What time is it??

Peace and Love

Iva

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  • What a great article! I get it and I’m about the same age as you are. Maybe it’s an awakening. For me, it took major milestones. Kids growing up, the death of loved ones. I suddenly realized how much I neglected me. I put aside my own hopes and dreams to take care of others. Now I’m faced with myself. I finally have the time to invest in me. I’m determined to make it a great life, too. Sounds like we’re on a similar journey. Godspeed to both of us! :)

    • Hey Gina I love your comment with all that I am. We SO are on the same path and I hope one day you will make it down here for a visit xo. You WILL have a great life

  • Okay. So how do you begin? So I’m supposed to quit my shitty job, forget all that cynically thought up bill paying and do exactly what?? See, you’ve obviously never experienced the “completely numb” phase. Where you’re walking around “functioning.”. You’re no longer “existing” at all. Have you any idea what’s that like? All of you so called “awoken” sleepwalkers always say the same thing. “Come on! Start living today!”. But no one tells you exactly how. No one! Unless of course, you send $19.95! Lol.

    • Oh, well I haven’t asked you for $19.95 yet but I’ll keep that in the mind for the future. Damn I could make a killing here.

      And yes I know exactly what it’s like to walk around and only “function”. I invite you to take a few minutes to check out some of my other blogs. The story of my life blogs, maybe?

      I’ve never been referred to as a sleepwalker before but that’s kind of a cool name, thanx! You need help to learn how to “start living today”? Change your shitty attitude. That would be a great place to start. :)

      Iva :)

  • Really enjoyed reading this I felt like I had written it.A wake up call

    • Thanx for reading this and your comment Lisa. Glad you liked it xox

      Iva

  • I have been feeling this way since I turned 50 and got divorced same year. Now 53, single mom, feel like a zombie just working , paying bills and barely alive. I so wish I was the person I was 20 years ago! I need to wake up no doubt ! Great article!!

    • That’s how I was feeling at 52 Tena. Change is hard but it’s not impossible. xo Thanx for your comment :)

      Iva

  • Wow I so get this! I had been putting myself last and others first, always feeling is this it for my life not really living. I’m 50 years old and ever since I or shall I say the Angels and God had guide me in finding Iva’s “Amazing Me Movement” page. Watching your live videos and learning so much from you, done the 21 Day challenge plus had few AHA moments that you’ve given me a real wake up call that now I’m waking up and working on to be fully awaken! I’m so excited to be fully living! Thank you for sharing Iva!!!?

    • YAY!!! Look at you go MaryLou!!! You are amazing and make my heart sing all the time xo

  • Love it!!! Just arrived as I thought on similiar lines this morning :)….Resonates so much…Thank you !!!

    • Hey Nimmi thanx for your comment and so glad you enjoyed the blog!!

      much love
      iva

  • Yes! I get this. Been there, done that! I hit 50 and was like WTF have I done with my life?? It gets better. Of course I can say that at 56. LOL Thanks for the read.

    • Yay you Marji!! It does get better :) Thanx for your comment!

      much love
      iva

  • Thank you! I really needed to read this today because Ive been going through this same awakening lately! Im 51 and for the first time in 30 years Ive no children in the house. This left me feeling completely lost for quite a while until I realized, hey this is the perfect time to focus on ME for a change and follow some of those dreams that were put on hold. Moved to Ireland 3 months ago and while its not always been easy, it’s sure been interesting, and im AWAKE ?

    • YAY you!!!! Where did you move to Ireland from? I’m happy for you!

      much love

      xo iva xo

      • I moved from Tennessee to Galway, talk about culture shock! Its taken me 3 months just to get used to the slower pace of everyday life here. I think in the U. S. we dont realize how rushed and stressful our lives are until we see it from the outside in.

        • Wow!!! Good on you Traci! It took me awhile to get used to life in Guatemala as well and last time I went back to Canada that was a huge shock for me. Here’s to bold brave and badass women! ^5

          much love
          xo iva xo

  • Hi there:). I’m close enough to fifty that I decided to listen and take note😉. I’ve been slumping lately but I stumbled upon your page and your voice speaks..your memes have me both laughing my ass off and deciding how to make changes. I recognize things that I never paid attention to before. I really appreciate your honesty but more so the humor you put into making your points. Thank you for sharing your life….

    • Awe thanx Kristen!! It was reading a lot of inspirational quotes and blogs that helped me kick my old life and ways to the curb and embrace change! I’m glad that my work resonates with you xox

  • I totally agree w everything u said. Almost 50 myself. Kids grown, loss family members, widowed, remarried for it to end n death as well. I’ve neglected myself my entire life & now I’m stuck w me. I agree time to wake the f— up & concentrate on myself. Not really sure where to begin. But I’m ready. Great article. Thank u.

    • Thank you for reading and sharing your story! xox It’s all you now! Start doing things that make your heart sing and make you smile :)

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