You’re probably thinking there are three life stages: childhood, adulthood and the elderly years. In reality, there are actually many more life stages than that, and the stage you’re in now may help you navigate through difficult future decisions or events to come.
Under 17 – The Child Stage
As adults we sometimes look back and wish to be a child again – the freedom of doing want you want when you want is something we take for granted as kids. Being able to play, have someone else take care of you and the only worry was when your homework was due. During the child stage, we are much more open to imagination, exaggerations and grandiose plans for life. Everything is achievable and nothing is forbidden.
Age 18-26 – The Autonomous Stage
Young adulthood generally leaves us seeking some kind of independence, whether that’s leaving home, getting your own car or working on creating a savings account. This life stage is for understanding your core foundations and experimenting with relationships, friendships and career options. Solid commitments are very rare in this life stage as our focus is rested on the future and how we’re going to get from point A to point B.
Age 27-31 – The Adult Transition Stage
This is the stage of questioning the journey we’ve had so far and whether it’s really set you on the path you want to travel. If it is, this is a stage for making lifelong commitments to jobs, partners and other key elements in your life that you want to maintain. If not, you arrive at a crossroads, an important decision on whether you follow the path or move off it.
Age 32-42 – The Commitment Stage
So you’ve made your choices during the adult transition stage and by now those choices have become permanent aspects in your life. These commitments may make you wonder whether you’ve made the right choices for yourself and your family. This stage is also widely known as the ‘Mid-Life Crisis’ stage, where many experience anxiety or question their previous choices.
Age 49-65 – The Self-Awareness Stage
Once you’re over the commitment stage hump, it can be very smooth sailing. In this life stage there’s no more time for trying to impress others or feeling compelled to compete. This stage is generally used for reflection on the journey and what matters to us most now whether that’s family, community or building a legacy.
Age 66 and over – The Spiritual Journey Stage
This life stage is for finalising our journey and reviewing our ups, downs, achievements and failures. This stage is for understanding who we truly are which can take the rest of our lives. Coming to terms with our mortality can help us reach for spiritual enlightenment, and pass on the wisdom of a long life lived to younger generations.
Whatever life stage you are in, it’s all about living a life full of love, laughter, good intentions and ultimately, things that make you happy. Remember, It’s In The Stars .