posted on Apr, 1 2013 @ 09:06 AM
reply to post by blackz28
As cliched as it sounds, bad things do happen to good people. We are always where we are supposed to be; our job is to figure out why and what we're
supposed to be doing. It's not easy. I'm about 4 years older than you, so I can relate. But feeling out of place isn't going to *repair* the
feeling of being out of place. We must now find a place and repair our own situations.
You've accomplished many things and you've done what our generation was taught that we were expected to do. You've raised a son. You've reached
the age now where you should have some wisdom. And now, like so many of us, you find yourself living in a world that has changed dramatically from
what our age group was taught to expect.
The member who suggested volunteering at an animal shelter made a good suggestion. I would also suggest you might consider volunteering at a local
elementary school or after-school program helping young ones to learn to read or develop good study habits. So many children are fatherless and
you're a father!
You could impact a life for the better and share some of the wisdom which we acquire through our own mistakes so that,
perhaps, others don't make them.
Have you had any life long interests that you were never able to pursue? I know that being out of work makes it very difficult to pursue many things,
but seeds are inexpensive (and sometimes free through seed exchanges), so you might try your hand at gardening, even if in pots on a patio or balcony
- it's a rewarding hobby and puts a little fresh food on the table.
Networking through community volunteer programs can often lead one to find a vocation they never knew they were interested in as well as having the
benefit of making contacts that can lead to employment.
What you're feeling is very, very normal for our general age group. Try not to be too distressed about it. We are in a position to change our lives
for the better because we've learned what we do not want to do and what we do not want to repeat ~ and knowing what we do not want can open many
doors to what we DO want.
Take heart; have confidence in yourself; have faith in a Higher Power. Matters might seem disjointed and out of focus right now, but great things can
be around the corner if you earnestly begin to seek them.