Bob sleepwalks sometimes.
He was in Ireland for a weekend of sports and drinking. After a particularly heavy night, he woke up to find himself alone in a strange hotel room. He had no idea how he got there, whose room it was, where his roommate or belongings were, and what he might have done to get there.
Fortunately, his boxer shorts were still in place!
His heart was racing, his mind swirling, his gut turning.
Once his initial panic subsided a little, he discovered a robe in the wardrobe and dared himself out into the hallway. He vaguely recognised where he was but couldn’t for the life of him remember his room number. He did recall his room being near to the lifts, so he headed that way and knocked on the nearest door, his heart thumping.
His roommate stood open mouthed as he opened the door. He turned to look at the unmade bed where his friend had been asleep a few hours earlier. Shaking his head he began to laugh uncontrollably.
Completely unable to explain what had happened, Bob was the butt of the jokes the next day and for years afterwards! He can take a joke, which is just as well, but it was a very scary and humiliating experience as you can imagine.
Some people have a similar rude awakening in mid-life. Something jolts them awake and they are shocked to realise they have no idea how they got here!
How did I end up here, doing this, with these people who seem like strangers all of a sudden? How much time have I wasted doing something I don’t want to do, that doesn’t suit me, or that was someone else’s dream? How do I get back to a life I want – not this alien life that crept up on me? How do I make the most of the rest of my life?
If you recognise this feeling, it could be time to take control of your life and make some deliberate, thoughtful choices.
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