Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Day 261

Remember how Marilyn Monroe had the 7 year itch? Or at least someone had it in the movie of the same name ...

I was doing some reading the other day on the cycles of life where people go through periods of growth and change at certain intervals. There is a theory in many circles (psychology, astrological, holistic) that people go through a "need to change" every 7 years from the day they are born. I remember someone once telling me this theory in relation to houses - people get the heeby jeebies and have an overpowering urge to move to a new home approximately every 7 years. I think I may have heard the 7 year theory referenced in weather patterns (drought) for farmers to forecast as well. Oh, and then there was those documentaries where people were interviewed at the ages of 7, 14, 21 etc to view the direction their lives were taking. The creators of that program were obviously aware of the whole 7 year cycle thing.

So it seems the cycle of making changes and "questioning" happens every 7 years - where we ask "what's life all about?"

Hmmm. I thought this might be worth looking at from a Deep Fried Fruit perspective. What has my 7 year cycle looked like?

Aged 7: Made a final childhood move to the town I would ultimately grow up in. After moving 5 times (to different towns) in 7 years my parents decided to buy their own home and settle down. I was now at a place I could make friends and maintain them.

Aged 14: My mother was diagnosed with Accute Myloid Leukemia. She only had a few weeks/months to live. That was the start of a 3 year journey of travel for treatment that ended in a bone marrow transplant. She's alive and well today.

Aged 21: That's when I packed up and headed to the USA for 6 months to "find myself" and hang with my soul sista. It was that trip that gave me true belief in myself and my own abilities. I knew that I could make it on my own in the big wide world and that great things were meant for me.

Aged 28: Engaged! That was when I made the decision to spend the rest of my life with the one man.

Aged 35: That was the year we welcomed our second child into the world and I made decisions that having kids was more important than forging my career with the Australian Government. It was also the year I decided I was going to be an author and started dabbling in children's books and writing a novel. (It was another 2 years before I finally left work to be a SAHM and another 2 years before I started on the journey to become an author.)

So that is where I am up to!

I wonder what is in store for me for 42 and 49. 42 is just around the corner! Not too long to wait. It is my intention that at 42 I will be published and working the authors circuit and by 49 I will be spending as much time as possible with my two teenage children as they get through the transition from childhood to adulthood. Whatever it is, it seems there might actually be something in this 7 year cycle stuff.

What does your 7 year cycle of life look like?

3 comments :

  1. Have always believed in the magical '7'. Have been married 22 years and are in our third home, so it averages out accurately.
    Don't want to move again though, so I want it to stop here!

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  2. I love the 7Up series. As for 7 year cycles ... I think we're just practicing for the first 4 or 5 of those. Age 7 - ears pierced!! 14 - year 9 are animals :) 21 - no F!**ng idea; 28 - Party Time!!; 35 - something like maturity and it feels good; 42 - bring it on. 7 years is a good marker to review life. I, like you, am looking forward to 42 ... it just keeps getting better :))

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  3. I first heard of the 7-year cycles in Native American beliefs, and it does seem to be true in my own life as well. My most recent "7" was last year at 42, when I became a mom for the first time . . . WooHoo! =)

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