Recently, there’s been a lot of media attention around the fact that the Barbie doll is turning 50 this year. I couldn’t resist watching an online slideshow of the many re-inventions and changes Barbie has gone through over the last 50 years. My heart skipped a beat when the “Barbie of 1967” popped up on my screen. She was the Barbie doll that I had (and still do!). There was another media frenzy last summer when Madonna turned 50, as well. Barbie and Madonna are maverick women who aren’t afraid of change and this fascinates people. (Barbie herself has gone through over 50,000 makeovers.)
This got me thinking about how Smart Women embrace change, re-invention, and new direction in their lives.
Change is a challenge for most people. It means breaking away from old patterns and your current way of being, to opening your arms to embrace what might be next or possible in your life. Even small changes are challenging for us. Think about it. We typically drive the same route to work every day, stay in the same business or job even though our passion is gone. We go to the same restaurants and order the same dish and sometimes we even stay in relationships that no longer work for us. Why? Because it’s familiar. We can count on it. It’s safe. Ah, there’s the word—safe.
In these current economic times, you may feel that your “safety” has been diminished or taken away. So playing it safe and avoiding risk feels like the right thing to do. I’ve played it safe many times in my life and I’ve taken an equal number of risks. I made a complete career change in my 40’s and our family moved 1 year ago this month to a new community that better supports the needs of raising children. My husband and I left a community that we had lived in for over 15 years. Was it easy? No. Did I feel challenged at times and wonder if I was doing the right thing? Yes. However for me, there became a point where “playing it safe” was more challenging than “taking a risk” or moving out of my comfort zone and going for the change in my life.