Someone posed an interesting question about change as one ages. I am getting to the point in life where I know I have limited time left on this planet and I have a myriad of good ideas that can be put into the world and are achievable in that time. These are unlike the “fun” and “passionate” ideas I spend time on which may occur 100-200 years after my death.
As I age, the one thing I don’t want to change in my life is the idea of perpetually growing at some stage. Perhaps this is where the clash I am working through here in Switzerland with the strict social boundaries of work/social/personal/family life is so difficult for me. This is in addition that the German language really isn’t very easy seeming to reverse all the rules from the native English voice.
What keeps resonating in my mind is that at age 3, 90% of the children are deemed highly creative. At age 12, that figure drops to 30%, and in adulthood, it plummets to 2-3 percent. I see how and why this happens via experiential living and doing so many different things and in places around the world. In a sense, we allow the world to suck us right into what it says is right and wrong, while few people seem to even take the time to ask “why are we doing it this way?” As we age, we tend to follow, or we get so hardened and stuck in one belief that we don’t’ seem to realize there really is no utopian right or wrong with any issue where man can, or does control the rules.
Einstein had a great quote that went something like, “everyone is a genius, but if you tell an alligator to climb a tree, no matter what he does will appear dumb.” (Bad paraphrase)
What I have realized in the time in the lab, athletics, and high performance systems is that you will spend a lot of time honing a craft. It is possible to blend the work/personal life and not have to live inside a rigid set of boxes. People ask, “how can you just keep working on ideas and have no guarantee they will ever make a dime of profit?”
My answer is, “when you find something that really keeps you occupied and challenges you and your passions, consider yourself a lucky man – even if it makes you nothing. The riches are inside your heart wherever life takes you.”
Society used to be more nomadic, today, with our technology and tools we have created a society where privacy fences are mandatory and we all really never need to leave one room to see the world.
25-30 years ago I started a lab based on skunkworks ideas for the fastest way to create concepts and ideas into reality ASAP. In the process, I had to learn ant take the time to study what and how much time was wasted commuting and doing things that really didn’t have any value in the grand scheme of life. This doesn’t mean prayer & meditation; at that time I hardly knew what it was. But for a balanced life you really don’t need a whole lot of stuff. In reality, less is actually more and simplicity seems to bring more joy.
Maybe I am just lucky? Perhaps I just asked “why?” too many times. But figuring out how the personal/work/creative/spiritual life can happen 24/7 has been achieved at various times in my life. You can work on extremely complicated ideas out of the peace and simplicity.
Now I am in a foreign land that likes living more in boxes and clearly defined spaces and social contexts.
I am a fish out of water. I have ideas for change, yet, have to wait a bit and learn whatever lesson the creator of the universe desires of me.
I guess people don’t want or like much change as they age, yet, if you keep learning, you will be perpetually young. The irony. Most of the world tells itself it has to grow up, yet, the answer to do that is to remain young at heart.
Perhaps that is the reason man won't evolve much very quickly. if you just go back a few thousand years and think of what was "right" when each generation was alive, look how much wasn't really "perfect" as time progressed on. Man simply holds onto that which is molded more in fear and control than simple childlike love.