Don’t throw the past away
You might need it some rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again (All That Jazz, Peter Allen)
A quote from another infamous Broadway Musical that my kids have never heard of before. I have to say my heart breaks just a little bit every time they say they’ve never heard of an iconic movie star from the past, or a song that defined my childhood. How can some of these people or songs or shows, that were once talked about in most households, across the country, be lost to an entire generation. What do you mean you’ve never heard of Farrah Fawcett? Or the Six Million Dollar Man (“Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.)
But every once in awhile everything old is new again: the remake of “Baywatch”; the series “Riverdale” based on the old Archie comics I used to read in the Sunday paper. So, maybe all is not lost. That’s what I’m thinking about regarding my next stage in life. In about six months from now, I will be turning fifty. I started this blog after I left my career, about 12 years ago, and now I’m looking at reinventing my former self – just older and wiser. That’s right. I have dusted off my resume and updated my Linkedin account and have started to apply for a few jobs to perhaps re-enter the workforce.
My oldest son is a sophomore in high school and my youngest is in 7th grade in middle school. My company Raise Creative Kidz was based on my work trying to raise my own kids to be creative thinkers and now they have become innovative, creative-thinking teenagers. So, though I will continue to work towards helping them reach their full creative potential, I am finding that once again in life, I have time on my hands and creative ideas that need to be unleashed. As I go full-circle, in trying to find what it is that I can now be passionate about, I find that what was old just might be new again. Will the remake of the career I had in my thirties be a success? Who knows. Will employers still appreciate what I’ve done in the past and see how my work in all the websites and products I have created, has only made me more of an asset? Or will they conclude that everything old is just old? Well, let’s find out. I’ll keep you posted.