Finding a voice in middle age

WE live in an age where youth has been put on a pedestal and the interests of young people deemed more important than the interests of older people in several regards in our society.

It’s interesting to note how this veneration of the young has been pushed relentlessly by the three dominating systems in modern society( the mass media, academia, and the entertainment industry).

All three of which of course have their own good reasons for pushing this particular agenda.

For instance, a constant feature in the post-Brexit landscape has been the argument that a generation of young people have had their “futures snatched away” from them as a result of the vote to leave the EU.

The idea that older people with more lived experience, and those actually able to compare life in the UK pre and after EU membership, could actually be a more dependable source of wisdom on this matter has been more or less ignored.

A 16 year old environmental campaigner warning of a climate apocalypse about to bring the world to an end in some 10 years time is also lauded and feted by the media, almost uncritically.

It’s as if the over-riding message by the cultural domimation systems referred to earlier is that youth is the truth!

But, there’s a case to be made that truth, insights and breakthroughs can sometimes happen later in life which can coincide with more maturity and lived life experience.

I’d class myself as someone who has found his voice later in life- in my 50ies as it happens.

With that voice also emerging after quite a serious health breakdown.  Which all goes to show the inherent power of that old adage”Breakthroughs after breakdowns’.

God, spirit, universe have a habit of drawing our attention to the need for change in dramatic ways. Perhaps it’s that gift of contrast:by experiencing those things you do not want in life, it then becomes very clear what you DO want.

During the last year or so, I’ve managed to finally write and publish my first book. I’ve been involved with setting up a new pro-independence party for Wales, and I’ve also launched my own on-line copy-writing agency.

After years of procrastination, frustrations, wrong turns and feelings of general alienation, everything has seemed to click into place in middle age.

For years, i’ve felt cursed because of my natural introverted nature and my feelings of always being ‘on the outside’ of things.

But, now in middle-age, I can now see those curses to be blessings for what I’m actually meant to be doing in life, i.e writing.

Introversion and being ‘on the outside’ are exactly what a writer needs. Those elements hone one’s sensitivities and observational powers.

And they also turbo charge that willingness to cultivate one’s own path in life, rather than subscribing to the ‘group-think’ that seems to consume many people who are of a more extroverted nature in life.

One of the key insights that came my way following my illness was the need for motion and movement for physical and mental well-being in life.

Daily walking of up to an hour takes care of that physical need for motion and movement in my experience.

With creativity-creating new things in life-being perhaps the essential mental health component of motion and movement for me.

By becoming engaged in a creative process, we can feel more alive than ever. And more attuned to all of life’s glorious opportunities.

‘Stop consuming and start creating’ is a message that people in our modern-day society desperately need to hear.

As Robert Green puts it, that then allows us to become ‘masters of the small realities that we create’.

So, let’s hear it for middle-age- a time for creativity, growth and new possibilities!

 

 

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