This is one of those things you can't appreciate if you haven't been alive for more than four decades. I would imagine it is even more true after eight decades, but I'm not quite there yet - so I'll just have to wait and see, maybe...
When we are teenagers we truly believe we are smarter than almost everyone, but especially our parents. When we are in our twenties, we laugh how naive those "young" teenagers are, but still revel in our own youthful insights and brilliance. We know who we are, what we want, and are ready to set the world on fire to go and get it.
In our thirties life for many is just a mad scramble trying to live with all our insights and brilliance now made manifest. The perfect spouse who is not so perfect anymore. The painful reality that it's hard to work, take care of kids, be in a romantic relationship, still hold some semblance of personal space and identity, and still look good at the same time.
The forties are for many a mid life reassessment. Okay, well - maybe I wasn't so insightful and brilliant. What do I want to do next? What is impossible to change and what is impossible not to? The next several decades will involve more reassessment - but with the passing years comes the realization that it probably is less about what my life looks like on the outside and more about who I am on the inside....the ever fleeting aha of spiritual awakening.
In doing some research these past months on the "new" trends, and I use that term loosely, I find it quite humorous to see myself in those who are teenagers, 20-somethings, and beyond. I think it is safe to conclude I was probably much more sure of myself than many - but it is only with time can I find the humor in that.
Every generation must discover for themselves who they are and what they want - but the aha moment, the new name for the new perception of the new goal: self-help is out - coaching is in, careers are out - living the dream is in, making a product is out - selling an idea is in, it's all brand new to the young.
What is this lag time between the aha moment, the complete memory loss of it, the rediscovery decades later, only to lose it again by its transitory and fleeting presence?
I truly believe we are building a new world. But it is not a new world with new ideas, but rather a new world based on the ideas more ancient than time itself. Getting there is the goal, but how we get there is the great aha - it may be called by another name, but it still is the same.
It will come to you in passing moments, convince you that you can hold on to it for all time, you'll lose it, chase it, forget about it, and then rediscover it someday in the future...where it will be waiting for you with its eternal patience and perfect clarity.
Welcome to my Journey!
I'm inviting you to join me on my journey as I seek to find a new way of being in an old set of systems. It's hard, but worth it!