April 28, 2022

“Bittersweet” by Susan Cain


Do you love it when you hear, read, or experience something that gives you a new way to see yourself and others? The book Bittersweet by Susan Cain has had such an impact on me. It’s given me new language to understand something fundamental about myself, and it’s reshaping how I see my work and my clients.

This midlife threshold can be a bittersweet time that involves letting go of what was, being grateful for what is and longing for more.

For people with a bittersweet orientation to life (whether that’s always been true or is new), midlife is an opportunity to embrace this side of ourselves and harness it for greater creativity, joy, and power.

Susan Cain, who you might know from her bestseller, Quiet, has developed a quiz to help you determine how bittersweet you are in this moment.

While I would have never described myself as sad or felt that melancholy plays a considerable role in my life or personality, I tested 8.5/10 on the quiz. This result surprised me but illuminated how I move through the world, the work I’ve chosen to do (and how I do it), and the type of clients that connect with me and my work so profoundly.

If you’re curious about your bittersweet score, you can take the quiz.

Please let me know your score in the comments below and share how embracing bittersweetness might help you navigate midlife more powerfully.

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Sara Smeaton

Sara Smeaton is a certified professional coach and facilitator who helps midlife women follow their dreams after forty. She works privately with clients in Canada, the US and the UK.

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