Many of you are probably familiar with Steinbeck’s novel, The Winter of Our Discontent, which essentially means now we are in a period of misery. The combination of extreme heat, fires, droughts, flooding, supply chain, and transportation disruptions, plus the disproportionate price hikes of fuel and electricity means that we will be seeing a lot less food on store shelves this winter. Meanwhile the rich will keep partying and flying around in their private jets just as they did during the Corona Virus Pandemic.
If you type “water shortage” in Google you’ll get about 86,300,000 results, whereas the term Water wars gets 654 million results, clearly indicating that many of us are feeling disturbed and perhaps imagining the worst case scenarios for the near future.
You have no idea how many times you’ve averted danger, simply by listening to your inner voice. When you chose to take an alternate route, leave early or later, or maybe cancel the appointment altogether because you were feeling uneasy about a situation. You might even twist an ankle or you might miss your flight, along with a variety of apparent mishaps that turn out to be blessings in disguise, so to speak.
Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
I’ve always lied about my age because I knew it to be an issue right from the start. I used to add 10 years, whereas now I shave them off. Once I was under-qualified, so I padded my CV and now I’m over-qualified, so I trim it down. You’re dammed if you do and you’re dammed if you don’t.
The moment I stepped into the historic center of Colmar I thought I had just gone down the proverbial rabbit hole and landed in a fairytale town, where the buildings, set along the banks of the Ill River, are made of chocolate and cake, slathered in creamy colored frosting, set against the sky.
Certain aspects of life which we took for granted as a necessary evil in pre-pandemic times have been exposed as futile. Startling numbers have left their jobs since the pandemic hit. Forsaking security for new adventures in self-discovery and re-evaluating their lifestyle. Some found better pay, others freedom, and better work/life balance. The numbers alone have put into question the status quo of modern employment. People want more out of their short life, is that so difficult to understand? It depends on who you are talking with.
Myths surrounding older workers contribute to the loss of top employees from many organizations. Experienced, older workers possess qualities that most employers struggle to find. I can only speak for myself however I am certain a lot of people over 50 would agree with me when I say, ” I have more to bring to the table now, as a mature professional, than I ever had in the past. I have more experience, maturity, understanding, patience, vision, creative intellect, and know-how than I ever had, coupled with a burning desire to contribute, make a difference and share my consolidated skills and experience with new generations.
Life is made of ups and downs and these don’t come announced or have any particularly recognizable patterns. Life is full of surprises, some better than others. would be wise to get more acquainted with the sources of our unhappiness in order to navigate our way towards happiness.
Resolutions are about self-betterment, about shedding old baggage and all that stuff that apparently prevents us from being our best, and from achieving our full potential.