The Times Are Changing -- Again
The key to a long and successful life is always changing and adapting -- and not just once and thinking one need never change again. That is always the fatal formula -- why even the powerful dinosaurs that once ruled the earth, are all extinct. They couldn't adapt fast enough -- or at all. They were perfect for a certain time and conditions, and when those changed, they had no skills for changing.
That is the important lesson for any time -- and conditions; one has to be prepared for change, and to change again, and as long as they are, remain viable, fit and able to whatever challenges arise. The sadness, and the sad lesson, are those reliving their youth, as the only way it can be -- thinking it will always be that way, even if only in their minds, which becomes their self-isolating and self-fulfilling prophecy.
Those are the people who age badly -- while good aging, are people changing with the times -- to be their best at any time. That formula is just as obvious -- as well as the look of one always changing, adapting, perfecting their responses. As long as one can change, adapt, improve, they have more than a better chance of being successful -- and surviving. That's what success is. There is no other.
It isn't some other static, immutable, unchanging metric for all time and ages. It is the very ability to re-create oneself -- as needed, and as appropriate -- that is fitness, in a very real world, as the only place that matters. That is the ultimately and consummately successful individual. That is the person creating the parameters -- of any given age, time and place.
Those of the old, will insist that one has to repeat the patterns of the past -- as the only way it can ever be -- insisting it is since time immemorial, of which they also claim to be the heirs and caretakers of that legacy and culture. But time passes them by -- no matter how much of the old they accumulate -- thinking one day, it will all be relevant again. It never works that way -- no matter how much of the old they accumulate and repeat -- and remember.
All that is gone -- and something new and very different rules the day -- and that is what they now have to learn and master. Those who won't make it -- will go into denial, refusing to acknowledge the present realities -- increasingly living only in their minds and memories, as though that was enough of a survival response to remain in the game and flow of life -- rather than the certain death it has always been.
Some prefer that certainty to any change -- but it is in embracing change that is the way -- and not simply doing what they have always done before, as though that was enough to ensure their survival or prosperity -- especially if it hasn't worked before! But by then, they've become these obsessive-compulsive personalities that just go through the motions -- without relevance and acknowledgement of the current realities. They pine for another time -- of their greatest glory, whether it actually ever was. Their memories and thoughts are all they think necessary -- to cling to, until they are no more.
At one time, that may have been the predominant mode of thought -- but alas, that too has passed on.