Older Adult Work (continued)
“You don't know
what you're going
to get into when
you follow your
- James Hillman
Ageism is Real
I’ve been hesitant to write about job-related “ageism,”
defined by Merriam-Webster as simply “prejudice or
discrimination against a particular age-group and
especially the elderly.” As a 64-year-old seeking some
kind of part-time or full-time work in the content
development job market (writing, editing, researching,
designing, publishing), I felt it would not be a wise
decision to complain about all the job opportunities I
applied for but was not even getting interviewed for, despite that I have
more than 30 years of solid experience and a host of knowledge and
skills that have been fine-tuned over the years. Firing off ageism
complaints surely would not serve any good purpose.
Your Place, Memory, Daimon & Work
What’s Your Place? Such a simple question. . . If you look
deep enough into it, discoveries about yourself erupt,
surprisingly. What’s Your Place is much more than a
question about one’s physical, geographic location. It can
also transport you to mushing around in deep
philosophical questions concerning your authentic self,
along with questions about the what, why, how and
when of your lifelong pursuits. READ MORE
The Lucky Years of Old Age
Here’s the common refrain for staying healthy in old age:
Exercise for at least 30 minutes and preferably 60
minutes, both cardio, and strength, on a daily basis.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Move around more; less sitting and more standing.
Maintain good posture.
Stay positive and do not let stress get the best of
Monitor you blood pressure and glucose every day (and anything
else you can track).
Talk it all out with your doctor at the next visit and be proactive
about health and well-being.
Stay mentally challenged.
Find that place where you want to spend the rest of your days in
peace and harmony.
Did I forget anything? READ MORE
The Secret to a Productive Life
Could it be said that the secret to a productive life, at any
age, is one devoted to being as authentic to who you
honestly believe you are inside for the longest span of
your days alive? Is the key to living a productive life
discovered by finding the right balance between what’s
acceptable to survive from the perspective of your soul
and what you find minimally acceptable to survive from
the perspective of guaranteeing you have adequate (and
preferably exceedingly comfortable) food, clothing, and
shelter? READ MORE
What’s Your Passion and Are You Pursuing It?
Mastering your universe, having the freedom to push
yourself forward onto new plateaus, following your bliss
– all self-perpetuating actions leading to life’s positive
breakthroughs and achievements – this is the stuff of
great joy. Yet, sometimes reaching a new plateau in life
arrives unexpectedly, out of nowhere, mysteriously – no
advanced planning whatsoever – and this new plateau
may be located on a temporary stopover at an
unanticipated lower level of the proverbial mountain top
instead of a higher one. READ MORE
Contemplating the “Presence of Eternity”
A prevailing school of thought posits that spending too
much time in hedonistic-oriented leisurely pursuits
during our retirement years is unhealthy. We frequently
hear stories about folks who passed away six months or
so after full retirement because they had nothing to do
and felt their lives were suddenly meaningless.
Instead, it is commonly advised that we should continue
to work well into our seventies and eighties. We should
keep swinging the bat, as they say, and stay in the game.
Meaningful Work & Bad Bosses
Let’s face it, searching for meaningful and sustainable
work is a long and arduous endeavor that requires
patience and stick-to-itiveness. In the end, finding your
place in the world of work is very much dependent on
serendipity. This comes from a wide range of experiences
I have had hunting for that often elusive perfect job that
both pays well and gets you enthusiastically out of bed
each morning. READ MORE