Survival, with or without a raging pandemic, appears a different sort of challenge in life as we move into the 3rd qtr. or 4th qtr. (as a football game analogy), keeping your head while the world is ignoring you …
I know the correct quote – Kipling, I think, about keeping your head when everyone else is losing theirs, but I mean this in a different context.
Nobody cares. Not just about me, but anyone older – because the word is run by people younger than me. They’re all too busy running in their own circles of care, repair, despair, and fixing their troubles to have no concern for anyone in my demographic.
Yet looking in the rear-view, that was me not so long ago giving short shrift to those over 65 – and even further back in my life not trusting anyone over 30, so I have little justification for being annoyed they’re at the epicenter of anything for anyone.
It’s a sad and lonely space, and I expect it’s pretty common.
The best way is through.
There is no creative detour, short-cut, or magic pogo stick to bounce us over this.
Churchill said, “When going through hell, keep going.”
And the only way to tomorrow is through today – for everyone.
We can be a little less cranky because there is a lot of cranky going around, so the best remedy for cranky is choosing not to be.
Hey, Mark. You haven’t heard from me recently because you’ve been extra diligent about proof reading. Either that or I’ve not been very alert. Take your pick, or pick both. I don’t recall who introduced me to Mark Manson (it might even have been you) but I do know that I enjoy reading him and, on the off chance you have not been introduced, I thought you might enjoy him, too. The below offering I found personally compelling because I’ve spent some time thinking about radicalism and how impenetrable it seems. I may even take a shot at reading Hannah Arendt, although she sounds like a tough read, RH, Calgary, AB