Monday, November 20, 2006

Middle, Man ...

Beginnings are great. A chance to start over, let go of the past, and focus on a new project or a new start to something old.

Endings are pretty cool too. There's that sense of accomplishment, or sometimes relief if a disappointment or failure is done and gone.

Middles though. Phrases that come to mind involve being caught or stuck there. Far from the start, but far from the end as well. The latter can be a good thing.

Because I've officially entered middle-age by turning 40. I'm not sure why this is regarded as the half-way point in life. Something to do with the tyranny of base-10 numbers I suppose. Statistically it's off by a few years. Culturally, it's supposed to be the new 30. I guess that means 30 is the new 20 and explains why a few 20-somethings I've met act like 10 year olds.

And isn't that an old geezer kind of thing to say?

It's hard to think of this as a new beginning. While I'm glad I'm writing regularly and have had some success, there is some regret it took so long to get here. Writing and publishing require a lot of energy, passion, and time. And time won't wait, as Mick and the boys have pointed out.

If this is the halfway point of life, I had better get cracking. The middle does have the advantage of anticipating something nice at the end. The middle of the week and the middle of winter are some examples. This writing thing could be the beginning of something great.

By the way, to all of you who celebrate, have a wonderful Thanksgiving! And if you don't celebrate, may you have a great week as well. I'd say more about the holiday but I must sign off here.

I'm in the middle of making a pumpkin pie.


Blogger Cheryl said...

hey, thanks for the linkage!

I think it's that mid-life so often comes attached to the word 'crisis', why we feel so, erm, meh about it.

Like, where's my freakin' crisis? Aren't I supposed to have a bimbo and a sports car by now? Shouldn't I be blowing my life savings? What life savings? Was I supposed to be SAVING?

The good thing is, we are smarter, calmer, and just our age makes the younger set assume we are smarter, richer, and to be awed.


November 20, 2006 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Todd Wheeler said...

Links are good karma. ;-)

Awed is good. But if I hear 'You're just like my dad.' one more time...

And yes, it will be a damn good pie.

November 20, 2006 at 11:16 PM  

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