When I was in my twenties, I’m a Baby Boomer, so it was a different world, I had the notion that when one “grew up”, that life somehow settled down to a predictable “happily ever after” pattern.
Mine didn’t and I felt like a failure. Gail Sheehy’s book Passage’s was a revelation to me. The subtitle was “The predictable passages of adult life”. As I read it I was both delighted (that I wasn’t a failure) and peeved that I wasn’t as unique as I had thought.
If you look around, it seems that today, every other article, blog or website is about career change, re-invention and the like.
Are there people who don’t re-invent? Would that be fun? It seems boring to me although I admit that many of my re-inventions were not initiated by me but by some outside event.
In my work with entrepreneurs and organizations, I know that a critical part of strategic planning is to anticipate the events, to detect the trends that may FORCE a re-invention. Having the time to chose from among different re-invention paths is usually more agreeable that having to “jump” just to avoid being hit by the unforeseen.
When I look at the thirty-somethings and the forty somethings today, and most of my clients are in these groups, I see a level of understanding about change and re-invention that I don’t recall having at their age. I have to admit, I wish I had had it. Yet I’m not sure as a generation we understood that need. It’s something I would enjoy having a conversation about. Would you?
In your life have you anticipated the predictable changes and what they would mean?
If yes, did it prepare you to face to unpredictable ones?
Look forward to hearing from you. See you next Tuesday. Yippee!