It has been said that the pace of change is now so fast no-one can really imagine how different our lives will be in the future. When we think about how life has changed around us, we often focus on technological changes as these can be more tangible and the impact of them is easier to track. The introduction of mobile communication has changed our lives in ways that are easier to see and understand, whereas societal changes, like how we perceive and treat older people, are harder to fully comprehend.
In my lifetime I have experienced significant change, but I don’t necessarily believe that these changes are more monumental than those experienced by previous generations. Change is change. When you are living through it, it ripples through your life, moving navigational markers and shifting well established perspectives with the ease of a Hollywood special effects blockbuster.
Change can be a good thing in the same way that ice-cream can be good; You don’t want to have it all the time and it’s better when it is contained and not running down your arm in an uncontrolled fashion.
Human beings can be creative, innovative and adaptable but if you look closely there are often underlying routines, customs and frameworks that support the need for at least a degree of certainty. Even when you are thinking outside the box you might still like to know where the box is and that, if you should need to, you can get back in and pull the lid down! Many high achievers have talked about a stabilising relationship in their lives, their rock or that rudder that keeps everything on track. I believe it is easier let the creative side do its thing when you are on solid ground. Even better, the creative activities are more likely to produce some kind of useful outcome when there is a practical network providing the path of least resistance.
So how do we navigate change in our life? Think about a time when you may have had to experience something for the first time, if you were lucky enough to have a bit of warning you’d have most likely talked it through with someone else, done a bit of research or at least laid awake at night running the possibilities through in your mind. When that happens, you are looking for a point of reference. A navigational cue to point you in the right direction and be prepared for what is coming. Even if the amount of preparation time is short, you brain will very quickly flick through all the known facts and memories that you hold in the hope of finding a match.
The reason I am bringing this up is because I want you to consider how you think about getting older. While its a gradual process, it will change your life and even though its inevitable most people don’t really think about how it will affect them. How you think about it may differ depending on your current age, but for the purpose of this exercise let’s take the perspective of a 30-year-old person. And I am going to call that person Bob because I like the personal touch! So, Bob, in 2052 you’ll be 65 and five years later in 2057, you’ll be 70. Seems a long way off – but what do you think you’ll be like? And how do you think you’ll live?
I’m betting that around about now Bob’s looking for some navigational pointers. It’s hard to think about what you’ll be like when you get older because basically you’d rather not be old at all. Eternal youth sound more like your thing, Bob?
By getting these thought processes underway, you’ll see where The Compulsory Club can help. This is just the beginning. I’ll be keeping you posted on things that will help you navigate through the most unpredictable, unstoppable and inevitable change in your life. Getting older.
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