Carine [late – 50’s]
Carine radiates joy, touching lives wherever she goes. She embraces her midlife, cheering and leading other women on their journeys as well. This was not always the case.
In her own words, “life caught up with me”. Carine was once filled with life and certainty about her place in the world till she realised that somehow along the way she had lost that. Instead
every day she now woke up to a life void of significance, filled with uncertainties and shattered dreams. Challenges came from all directions. She was facing uncertainties post lockdown, both in her private and professional lives. As the dreaded big 60 lurked on the horizon she was facing health issues, an empty nest, and fragmented relationships.
While working through her concerns and frustrations, Carine realised she sought significance and validation through her physical appearance and wellbeing, her qualifications, in being a mother and wife, and in her leadership professionally. As these became challenged, allowing space for past trauma to resurface, Carine was left feeling deeply shaken and full of self-doubt. This led to her feeling alienated from her true, authentic self.
Feeling like she had lost her value, she was yearning for significance once again. She realised she had been constantly measuring herself against others and always fell short. She could no longer find value in playing all the other roles she thought she should be.
She began a journey to reset her life. It was filled with transformational moments, God moments, and difficult moments. It was at times filled with spontaneously restored relationships, and at times healing came with forgiveness. She no longer compares herself to others, knowing her value is intrinsic and freely shared. Carine sets the trend, striving to exemplify the following:
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
– Mother Theresa