You’re probably thinking there are 3 life stages: childhood, adulthood and the elderly years.
In reality, there are many stages of life, but in this post, we’re focusing on the main 7. Knowing which stage of life you’re in now could help you find a way through challenging decisions or events to come.
7 Life Stages:
- Infancy and Toddlerhood
- Early Childhood
- Middle Childhood
- Early Adulthood
- Middle Adulthood
- Late Adulthood
- Death and Dying
The 7 Distinct Stages of Life
There are 7 distinct stages we experience throughout our lives. We experience them equally, it makes no difference about our careers, accomplishments, or how much wealth we have.
Also, there is no order to complete each stage, one does not come before the other. We can jump in or out of one stage to the next at different periods of our life.
1 – 4 Infancy and Toddlerhood
The infancy stage is the beginning of human development, both physically and mentally. It’s the period we increase control over our bodies. However, at this stage, we are solely dependent upon others (parental guidance) to take care of our needs.
Developing infants learn confidence and trust in those supporting their needs. Parenting skills are crucial at this stage for a child to be loved and nurtured, it is all about trust and bond.
During this early stage, young children begin to explore and increasingly develop their sense of independence. As they grow, they learn decision skills and how their actions may have consequences based on their decision. Throughout this period, they develop a sense of self-awareness.
Under 17 – The Child Stage
As adults we sometimes look back and wish to be a child again – the freedom of doing want you want when you want is something we take for granted as kids. Being able to play, have someone else take care of you and the only worry was when your homework was due. During the child stage, we are much more open to imagination, exaggerations and grandiose plans for life. Everything is achievable and nothing is forbidden.
Age 18-26 – The Autonomous Stage
Young adulthood generally leaves us seeking some kind of independence, whether that’s leaving home, getting your own car or working on creating a savings account. This life stage is for understanding your core foundations and experimenting with relationships, friendships and career options. Solid commitments are very rare in this life stage as our focus is rested on the future and how we’re going to get from point A to point B.
Age 27-31 – The Adult Transition Stage
This is the stage of questioning the journey we’ve had so far and whether it’s really set you on the path you want to travel. If it is, this is a stage of life for making lifelong commitments to jobs, partners and other key elements in your life that you want to maintain. If not, you arrive at a crossroads, an important decision on whether you follow the path or move off it.
Age 32-42 – The Commitment Stage
So you’ve made your choices during the adult transition stage and by now those choices have become permanent aspects in your life. These commitments may make you wonder whether you’ve made the right choices for yourself and your family. This stage is also widely known as the ‘Mid-Life Crisis’ stage, where many experience anxiety or question their previous choices.
Age 49-65 – The Self-Awareness Stage
Once you’re over the commitment stage hump, it can be very smooth sailing. In this life stage, there’s no more time for trying to impress others or feeling compelled to compete. This stage is generally used for reflection on the journey and what matters to us most now whether that’s a family, community, or building a legacy.
Age 66 and over – The Spiritual Journey Stage
This life stage is for finalizing our journey and reviewing our ups, downs, achievements and failures. This stage is for understanding who we truly are which can take the rest of our lives. Coming to terms with our mortality can help us reach for spiritual enlightenment, and pass on the wisdom of a long life lived to younger generations.
Whatever life stage you are in, it’s all about living a life full of love, laughter, good intentions and ultimately, things that make you happy. Remember, Stay fit