The last few birthdays have left me overwhelmed with frustration.
Because no matter how times I told myself that “age is just a number,” I couldn’t dispel the harbinger of death constantly reminding me I’m running out of time.
The fact that my personal life clock continued to tick off the remaining days, hours, and minutes diminished the brightness of every sunrise, and dampened the color of every sunset.
That’s true for everyone. But it was only after I realized the level of sand in the top of the hourglass was only a tiny fraction of what resides in the…
For generations, it’s been called the great American Dream. And those who pursue it typically look forward to celebrating that false sense of “arrival,” characterized by reaching a certain level of accomplishment, position, or status.
In other words, “They’ve got it made!”
Granted, it’s a very subjective determination. But in most cases, it’s defined by having a good-paying job, owning a home, having children, belonging to a private club, and taking a yearly trip to some benign, family resort.
Often working over half of their lives to achieve it, they spend their remaining years flaunting victory by buying a new…
“If only I could go with you,” Wendy sighed.
“You can’t go,” Peter said. “You’re too old. You’ve forgotten how to fly.”
“I am old, Peter. I am ever so much more than twenty. I grew up long ago.”
“You promised not to!”
“I couldn’t help it.”
When J.M. Barrie wrote the book, Peter Pan back in 1904, I doubt he had any idea his soon-to-be popular children’s story would also become a powerful metaphor about aging. For me, it’s the last line in the conversation between Wendy and Peter that’s the most significant.
“I couldn’t help it.”
“How many times do we have to repeat this until you get it right?”
I’ll never forget being asked that question.
My second-grade teacher was annoyed with my lack of immediate comprehension of subtraction, especially the part about “borrowing ten from the number on the left and adding it to the number on the right,” to keep the process going.
So when she asked me how long it would take before I finally got it right, my seven-year-old brain didn’t know how to answer her. Later on, I would realize her question was rhetorical. …
When I was about twelve, my family decided to visit the relatives living in a small town located in the great state of . . . well, it doesn’t matter. Let’s just say it’s one of the contiguous 48.
It was a pleasant little town, one of those out-of-the-way places that looked like it had sprung from the canvas of a Norman Rockwell painting. The storybook houses sat on deep, perfectly manicured yards, their long driveways sheltered by leafy canopies of oak and maple, while front porch swings buffered the illusion of Victorian propriety with down-home hospitality.
The downtown area…
Maybe the circumstances surrounding your work and career have been changing. Or maybe you’ve acquired a new manager whose ideas conflict with yours. Or there’s been a buyout-takeover by a much larger company, and the reorganization has created several layers of duplicate job functions — making it only a matter of time before the layoffs begin.
Sure, you’ve talked to recruiters and updated your resume. …
Sixty may be the new forty, but conventional assumptions and cultural bias about aging can still undermine your career, your professional relationships, and even the way strangers interact with you.
What is the best way to protect your personal power and maintain your professional influence as you get older?
The easy answer is to be proactive in maintaining your life skills, health, and mental acuity — all of which provide others with the opportunity to perceive your age as an asset instead of a liability.
The family patriarch was respected for his wisdom and experience. He made the decisions concerning the family’s finances, and where and how the family would live.
Today, the effects of divorce, single parents, and adult children living under their parents’ roof have altered the traditional hierarchy. But regardless of circumstances, families need leaders. They need someone to turn to when problems and decisions seem overwhelming, especially teens and young adults who need the advice of those who can offer a different — and often more accurate — perspective based on life experience, education, and wisdom.
We all go through periods in which we wish we were doing something else. It might hit us after a particularly difficult day at work, after a bout of bad weather, or during one of life’s milestones.
Decade birthdays are a good example, with the numbers forty and fifty bringing especially critical scrutiny to what we’ve done with our lives. Regardless of when or how it happens, the question is always the same:
The measure of a life well-lived is not only different for different people but also changes as we get older. For some, being a great spouse and…
With over two million podcasts currently online, the medium is already becoming crowded.
Factoring the prolific growth of new shows against the limited listening time of the average podcast consumer makes it obvious: the chances of a new podcast finding an audience gets smaller every day. It’s simply the result of the supply outpacing demand.
But there’s still a real opportunity for immediate success and recognition in podcasting — if you’re willing to consider an alternative format and audience.
First, I’m going to assume you’re an employee, working for a large organization. If that’s not the case, my suggestions are…