The stages of life: rare, medium and well-done

The stages of life: rare, medium and well-done

Rare, medium and well-done are what I call the stages of life, and we all have to go through them.

Some of us get stuck on one of them and never move on, but hopefully life nudges us along so we can eventually make it to the “well-done” phase.

Rare phase

These are the childhood and teenage years. We have no clue where we are going, we make the inevitable mistakes and hopefully learn a bit from them.

These mistakes prep us for disillusionment and heartbreak, yet, it is at this stage that we start to build a stronger backbone.

We still thrive on enthusiasm, have hopes and dreams to help us to make it to the next stage.

Medium phase

These are the 20s and 30s. This age span is a bit tricky. We still trip and fall, and we are still somewhat lost. Yet, we still feel refreshing newness in new life ventures.

Hopefully, we haven’t experienced too many losses, but have come to know ourselves better. We still have the energy to fall, get up and move on because we still believe we have time to spare.

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The stages of life: rare, medium and well-done

Well-done phase

40’s and on, or perhaps after 50. If we are lucky enough to reach this stage, we have overcome and learned a lot along the way.

Losses and life challenges have started to chip away at us, and have made us more realistic.

Hopefully, at this time we make better decisions and live more at peace with ourselves. Appreciation of people and what really matters take centerfold.

It’s a time of reflection, a time to look back and maybe change gears; slow down, or speed up, because, by this time, we realize that we may have more yesterdays than tomorrows.

We also become more grateful, take less for granted. Perhaps now we can reap what we sowed.

Whatever stage you find yourself in, enjoy each one of them because it’s your story, a unique one!

Come on over to and follow my journey of hope in midlife and beyond.

Laura Carbonell

Laura Carbonell is a bilingual and bicultural language teacher in San Francisco, the place she calls home. Born into a family of writers, she enjoys sharing her vision of empowerment and motivation online. She blogs at

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