There’s no beginning anymore – I don’t start much new anymore – hardly anything. I continue things, finish things – put things to bed, polish, revise, reinvent projects.
When we started in diapers – nobody said “see your future”. We wriggled, then crawled – where was that spreadsheet, where was our guiding power-point; where was that diorama of our life to be, our intersecting Venn drawing illustrating our interactions – that map of our paths to choose, our available options?
Nobody tells toddlers the interests they show in sandbox or kindergarten – if carefully watched, supported and encouraged – might make life golden. Walter Gretzky, Earl Woods – they got it. Encouraged sons’ natural talents, abilities and inclinations before any school or school of thought beckoned. We’ve seen our children and grandchildren nurtured like we never were.
Now, back to the plight of the middle-aged male. This one anyway.
Hard to ‘blank page’ my brain – probably always was, but poignant now. Can’t look out a window quietly over coffee looking for something NEW to invade my mind without my CPU processing ideas I’ve had already, projects on-the-go and contemplated, so where is my NEW view?
We find it In others any time we look very deeply, sometimes in ourselves if we dig deeper.
Meet someone completely new – explore WHO they are, WHAT they think, WHERE they’ve come from. WHEN?
Now of course. We have no time to waste. We never did …
Finding new – open to new, probably best found being open to re-finding where we’ve been before yet never explored. Turning over a new leaf. Turning it over again – we probably missed something really important last time.
When we're young we think very little about risk. We drive too fast, we change jobs, we fall in and out of love. After all we have forever to rebuild. It seems to me that the people we admire are those who continue to take risks all through their life. Some can do so, but most of us become protective of what we have, of who we are or what we've done. Most of us become more and more risk adverse as we age, GB, Calgary, AB