New Wrinkles: ten years older than you were

Losing ten years in the wink of an eye would be a dramatic life change. If I were ten years older than I am now, I would be forty-seven years old. If my life hadn’t changed in all that time, I wonder if I would be able to steer my life. If all of a sudden I were forty-seven, what would I do? I should think eHarmony™ would be a much more attractive proposition for me at that age. Maybe I’d sign up, filling out my profile with such designations as:

Age: 47

Seeking: a woman

My occupation: cemetery volunteer and social media addict. Facebook would be as much interesting as it is in my thirties!

Interests: Watching EastEnders–I wouldn’t mind jetting to England to be an old boy in London!

Enjoying the wisdom of getting old

Hopes for the future: Keeping aware of changes and developments in the world

And so on, ad nauseum.

I’d be aware of the shorter length of time left in my life. I’d want to pay more attention to what’s printed in the Saturday paper, instead of hurrying through it. My astrology chart designation would seem all the more pressing, I think. Try this and try that–I would try to be more aware that there is only so much time in the day and it goes in the wink of an eye.

Other than looking for love, I’d be all the more set on my vocation. There would be fewer opportunities, I believe, so getting additional education would be all the more remote a possibility. Upgrading a skill set would be all the more unfathomable as well. But I think I’d be satisfied with what I’ve managed to do so far. I’d be all the more persistent in making a success of work. Maybe something like that would go on my eHarmony™ profile!

I don’t think I’d be any more keen than I am on the ongoing changes in technology; I’d be all the more typical growing old, putting my faith in the past instead of the future. I know I would write on my profile that I want to stay informed about what’s new, but I think as a guy I’d be saying that in order to demonstrate a certain character of the rube in my personality, seasoned by the years but not astute.

I think I would want to devote some time to reading literature. I am sure there are many fascinating books, and in my late forties I would want to delve into a few more than I have. I wouldn’t be optimistic that I would learn much more than I have, because time spent in a book can go in the wink of an eye. That being said, there’s an illumination that goes with looking at the pages of important books and fun books and strange books.

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Live in the moment and be happy there

Coaching Positive Performance

Coach and trainer Carthage Buckley reminded me this year on the Internet that Wayne Dyer wrote in Dyer’s book Your Erroneous Zones that guilt and worry are useless emotions. Carthage writes this in a Coaching Positive Performance post discussing goals. Carthage argues in the post there is no goal worth too much sacrifice. Even if I’d missed the last ten years of my life, at the age of only forty-seven, I would still find happiness in what remained to be lived.

Of course, at this time, I’m still only 37. If the next ten years disappear somehow, I will try not to be too disappointed. At later stages of life there are still many joys to experience. You might know more about those joys than I. Ten years is a long time, but in a human life, it can go all too quickly: in the wink of an eye.

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