It’s a Mixed Bag Being a Human These Days.

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It’s a Mixed Bag Being a Human These Days.

May 29, 2023

“The planet does not need more successful people, but it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind.” - David Orr

Substitute the word “successful” with “judgmental,” “egotistical,” and “cynical,” and I think you have described the world we live in. Yes, it can feel fucked at times! It’s easy to demonize others. And it’s also easy to self-loathe and then unconsciously displace that internal anger on others. 

In middle age, just when we get our shit together, our body falls apart. But really, who cares? So what if your tits have become torpedoes, and your balls are scraping along the ground. No one is judging you more than you are. Middle school was the time to be like everyone else. Middle age is when you become yourself. 

I’ve heard that midlife is a drama more worthy of a playwright than a scholar. And, in fact, the preponderance of art dedicated to the midlife crisis is far more influential than the scholarship on this topic (which is part of the reason I want to be different and geek out on midlife). But maybe we are characters caught at the opening of the second act without a script. Thank God! 

Yes, it’s hard to be human these days. That’s why our job in midlife is to be a role model of humanity. Not a pinball in a pinball machine, ricocheting from reaction to reaction. We are mirrors, and the moment we remember that, the more we can influence our environment. When I calm down, you calm down. That’s true of apes and most humans. 

So, if you don’t like the state of the world or the state of emotions amongst your fellow humans, go out and change the emotional contagion. Trust begets trust. Joy begets joy. Love begets love. 

- Chip

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