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Reelin’ in the Years – 2008

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It’s 2008 and I’m 46 years old. I remember some difficult years after my father’s passing. Things were unraveling a bit until I got into a new relationship with Ginger (not her real name).

Looking back through my life I see just how much different women have helped to keep me going in the right direction. In my bio, I talk about God and how important that is to me. And yes it is. But God also works through people. And Ginger came into my life at the right time.

Ginger and I went our separate ways but I appreciate the good times and how the relationship helped to get me where I am now.

I’ve never married and don’t have kids. Being a contemplative person can put one a bit out of touch with the latest trends, memes, etc. It didn’t help with my writing much. Trying to connect with an audience when you spend a good deal of time in contemplation isn’t easy.

It’s getting better as I’m older and probably more integrated than before. My conversion was no small or superficial matter. So it took a while to pick up some of the ol’ routines that seemed so worldly and superficial immediately after.

Around this time my niece introduced me to Coldplay. She gave me a CD that I thought was pretty good.

Listening to this song again, I’m thinking a lot of vintage bands lose their spark and a new generation takes their place. We need new generations to keep things fresh. Not just in music but in life itself.

That might sound funny after my 2007 rant about ageism. But I know there’s something wonderful about youth. Talented and creative youth, that is. Conventional, narrow-minded youths bore me like anyone else. And yes, some older people bore me too. Countering ageism isn’t about chronological age. It’s about maintaining our sense of wonder, curiosity, and openness—at any age.

Luke and Rey – Luke is amazed at Rey’s quick grasp of the Jedi fundamentals and her immense potential – via Pinterest

Reelin’ in ALL the Years

 IBM’s ageism scandal: 5 ways the company reportedly screwed older workers (fastcompany.com)

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Author: Michael Clark

I'm the administrator of Earthpages.org | Earthpages.ca with a Joint Honours B.A. in Psychology/Sociology at York and Trent U, an M.A. in Philosophy and Religion at Visva-Bharati, India, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at UOttawa.

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