Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Middle Age

Since turning 50 in 2015, I've become more aware of getting older and the various effects of the ageing process.

Miranda Sawyer shares my concerns and has just written a book about being middle aged. I've not read it yet, but the extended extract in the Guardian recently has been impressive. Here are a couple of quotes:

So. It doesn’t matter if you have just run the furthest you ever have in your life, or you neck kale smoothies every day. At some point between the ages of 40 and 50, you and I will have lived more than half our lives. The seesaw has tipped.


Suddenly, you’ve reached the age where you know you won’t ever play for your favourite football team. Or write a book that will change the world.More prosaically, you can’t progress in your job: your bosses are looking to people in their 20s and 30s because younger workers don’t cost so much or – and this is the punch in the gut – they’re better at the job than you are. Maybe you would like to give up work but you can’t, because your family relies on your income, so you spend your precious, dwindling time, all the days and weeks and months of it, doing something you completely hate.
Yes - some of those observations are well made. 
The book is called Out of Time and is for sale on June 30th 2016.

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