Tolkien said that “not all who wander are lost” and T S Eliot “we shall not cease from exploring and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where started and to know the place for the first time”.
One interesting signifier of the journey into the second half of life has been my experience of non-linearity. I wonder if – at the risk of over-simplification – the head/mind/ego tend to be more linear and the body/soul/heart more discursive, less directive or directed. I am held in the paradox of living with some degree of intentionality and agency whilst also experiencing the indirectness of life, the reordering of awareness. Thus (again Eliot), “love of a country begins as an attachment to our own field of action and comes to find that action of little importance”.
(Both Eliot quotations are from ‘The four quartets’)