50 is not 30
I am coming up on eight years as a blogger. There are many things that I love about blogging which is why I continue to do it. It keeps me connected to the tech biz and other businesses, it is cathartic and I like writing everyday. But no doubt the best part are the people I have met and continue to meet.
At lunch yesterday, someone asked me what do I do when someone contacts me and wants to meet? The answer is that I try to get together with them. What I have found is the majority of people I have met are about one degree of separation from other people we both know.
Yesterday I met with Tracey Jackson. A commenter of this blog who happens to know both Amanda Hesser and Debbie Stier. (I took the Wonder Woman picture off Debbie's Tumblog) We got together for coffee and had a variety of conversations but the one that stuck with me the most is about the book she wrote. Not out yet but in essence it is about Traceys comedic slant when she says 50 is not the new 30. I totally agree. This conversation is a part of the off-ramp and on-ramp conversation that I continue to write about on my blog just slightly funnier.
I spend a lot of time with 30 year olds. I love their energy and drive. They are just starting to really delve into their careers or are beginning to have families or perhaps just getting married. Not only do 30 year olds not feel the aches and pains I feel every day, they aren't thinking about exactly what we (particularly women) are going to do for the next 20 years after the kids are gone. Certainly not sit around and eat bon bons all day. How do you get back into the work world and not work 9-5 but have a community to be with, still have flexibility and be applauded for what you are capable of doing. It is kind of like being an actress. There aren't many roles for 50 year old actresses but they are many for 30 year olds.
50 year olds certainly have more drive, energy and a longer runway than they did many years ago. But are we 30…no. Do we want to be 30? Personally, I wouldn't mind have less gray hair and wrinkles but I am happy to embrace exactly where I am, right now. The saying that youth is wasted on the young might be true but I say growing older gracefully is pretty damn good.