People often comment about my proficiency in acknowledging birthdays.
I call about 1800 people per year and I do it because I enjoy maintaining relationships and hearing differing perspectives.
What’s been interesting to note as I (and the bulk of my cohort) age is that the good news (educational, professional achievements and personal milestones of marriage and children) is now being tempered with some of the hard realities of life.
People who have been laid off and are having difficulty finding work.
People with severe challenges on the part of their children, either disabilities (ranging from mild to major) or behavioral (addictions).
Marriages that have been dissolved or are in distressing and precarious positions.
Deaths of loved ones, both premature and of a more natural nature.
And the strain becomes a domino effect…one area (a disabled child) affecting another (marriage).
It should really be of no surprise, obviously this is what happens as you advance in the game, but still, it’s a wake up call.
You recognize, again, that life is not all Disney movies. Things never work out as you anticipate and you have to continually reassess your own position on the board.