Let Go and Live

Life’s Challenge change but persist.

One of the most challenging things I have encountered was being retired/fired from my corporate life. The sting of that loss still hangs around even as I do what I now do, which is writing and creating courses.

Although I must admit I am constantly caught between writing and sharing my perspective on aging and creating courses for the corporate life I no longer worked in.  Aging is a fact of life and I have a strong desire to help myself and other do so in the best possibly way.  The issue that keeps coming up is the need to also share my 40 years of experience with those who can benefit from it. I continually question why I feel the need to continually be working, outside of the obvious financial one.

So when I write to let go and live, I am really talking to myself?.  Working for so many years in a demanding industry there was no other life, which my daughter and even my granddaughter would attest to.  So Letting Go of work created a much larger void.  I wonder how many others, though have the same issue, especially with the recent downturn in almost every economy.  Or perhaps is it just the malady of the older generation.  Most from the older generation did not subscribe to the Life/work balance.  It was more of a work to make a living, not have a life.  The two appear mutually inclusive.  If you had a job you didn’t expect to have a life as well.  Although that being said, the tradition of having weekends off was rigorously observed.  With the next generation, the internet and cellphone everything blends together, work and life.

I wonder how many others, though have the same issue, especially with the recent downturn in almost every economy.  Or perhaps is it just the malady of the older generation.  Most from the older generation did not subscribe to the Life/work balance.  It was more of a work to make a living, not have a life.  The two appear mutually inclusive.  If you had a job you didn’t expect to have a life as well.  Although that being said, the tradition of having weekends off was rigorously observed.  With the next generation, the internet and cellphone everything blends together, work and life.

A much different next generation maybe…..

But I would think, maybe not so much.  With the next generation, the internet and cellphone everything blends together, work and life.  When they consider life/work balance they simply trade the traditional work week for work when they want.  Without realizing it given the wonderful mobile world they are in really has them working 24/7 there is no real downtime. Emails and text message come at all time and all hours and they feel compelled to respond.

So maybe when I write to let go and live, I am really saying Let Go of the iPhone and live outside the technology bubble.  Sounds good to me, but the question is can someone even of my vintage actually do it?

 

 

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