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Old Anima: Unique Resources for Older Adults - Oct. 23, 2021

Old Anima: Unique Resources for Older Adults
Old Anima: Unique Resources for Older Adults - Oct. 23, 2021
By George Lorenzo • Issue #18 • View online
Welcome to the Oct. 23, 2021 issue of Old Anima.
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I’ve been doing more research on the older adult workforce. My most recent piece is on the Workforce Monitor (WFM) website, one of four websites that I manage. The other three are Old Anima, EdPath, and Understandingxyz (my portfolio site). It ain’t easy, but anything of substance is not easy.
I also recently extended myself by giving presentations via the platform, but after hosting three events about older adult work, I learned that this is not where I belong. I don’t have the confidence to give presentations without writing a word-for-word script to read from, which is rather time consuming to produce. My extemporaneous speaking skills are not the greatest – not horrible – but I tend to ramble, and I can see and feel the boredom it brings. So, no more social media presentations… I’ve always worked behind the scenes pretty much anyway. Every day, from the vast web of life online and through discussions and interviews, I conduct research, write, and publish what I learn on all the aforementioned sites.
The Freedom to Pursue
I’m an autodidact - meaning I do not follow any strict academic path in my readings or studies – I chose what I want to pursue - a freedom that is difficult to maintain but doable for longer periods of time when you are self-employed, which allows you to write what’s in your heart and mind more frequently rather than constantly attending to what clients expect from you.
I much prefer this kind of writing – even though sometimes I feel I’m exposing too much of myself in a public sphere. In addition, it does not bring in one cent of revenues, so I tend to not do it as much as I should perhaps.  
The Crazies Aren’t Going Away
In these Old Anima newsletter essays, I have been holding back from criticizing only because it’s not really productive. In many respects, I feel like gushing about the stupidity we are witnessing in so many previously hidden spaces, but I don’t gush as much as I used to. In particular, the craziness related to misinformation about vaccinations, Jan. 6, voting rights, gun rights, inequality, and climate change is really difficult to watch. I guess these crazies were always there hiding in plain sight. The past six years have increasingly brought them out into the open.
I’m constantly being shocked by what most of the GOP has been doing. What happened to the GOP? While I was never a republican, I have also thought of republicans as being, at the very least, a legitimate party. I no longer see the GOP as even close to legitimate now. A very large faction of them are simply angry hypocrites who are extraordinarily rude and make no sense whatsoever when they speak.
So, the question remains, should I become active in the politics and social milieu of our times and join the battle against the crazies, or should I sit myself back down in my stuffed chair engaging in curiosity and learning, enjoying what I do? Life is pretty wonderful in many ways. Why would I upset that by getting involved with the crazy milieu?
Or, from another point of view, am I not doing the morally correct and virtuous thing by sitting in my stuffed chair instead of being a hands-on activist and/or volunteer? Therein lies the rub. Am I being selfish?
Bottom line, it did not take long for me to conclude in all honesty that I’m going to continue as I have been throughout the pandemic, living pleasantly, doing my thing, researching, writing, and publishing. That may sound selfish, but at the same time it’s self-preservation. At near 68, more stress will certainly kill me sooner rather than later.  
Writing about workforce education through WFM has brought a whole new element of work that I thoroughly enjoy – and I’m learning a lot very quickly. I did this kind of thing before, learning about online education in its earlier years, late 1990s and early 2000s, and writing and publishing extensively on that topic, including two books and many articles and reports. In any event, so much of my purpose and meaning right now is coming from the WFM work.
Sailing Into the Mystic
Beyond WFM, Old Anima is the place where I attempt to untangle the mysteries of life – a futile attempt that historically has never been resolved or clearly stated by anyone. The question of why we are here never really gets answered with any real certainty. Yet, we keep trying to find an answer. I tend to lean toward Karmic justice, frequently saying that each and every one of us is living out our Karmic destiny, good, bad, indifferent, beautiful, ugly, etc. The whole idea of what goes around comes around in due time gives me hope that things will get better. Right now, however, during these strange days and times, Karma seems to be on an extended vacation. This brings confusion and frustration. The evil segments of the world seem to be winning right now, and nobody is able to stop them. We have become a society ruled by immoral lawyers and judges and appeal processes that keep everything in a limbo with no accountability. It’s becoming more and more difficult to watch this happen, and I’m at a loss as to why these strange and rather ugly birds who promote misinformation and lies are still able to get away with it.
As I’m writing this, the song “Carry On Wayward Son,” enters my thoughts. It’s from the seventies, by a group called Kansas:
Carry on, my wayward son
There’ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don’t you cry no more
Once I rose above the noise and confusion
Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion
I was soaring ever higher
But I flew too high
Though my eyes could see, I still was a blind man
Though my mind could think, I still was a mad man
I hear the voices when I’m dreaming
I can hear them say
Carry on, my wayward son
There’ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don’t you cry no more
Meanwhile, Latest Editors' Picks:
WorkingNation Overheard: Teresa Ghilarducci on financial stability for older workers | WorkingNation on YouTube
How to Get Money to Start a Business | Next Avenue
Will Older Adults Return to the Workforce? | Urban Institute
Staff Pick: Older Workers Accounted for All Net Employment Growth in Past 20 Years | St. Louis Fed
Lifelong Learning How will the future of work shape our learning needs? | AARP Survey: Flexible Work Options post-COVID Have Most Older Adults Ready To Put Off Retirement | AgeFriendly
How Is It OK That We’re Meant to Work a 9-5 for 40-plus Years Then Retire? Maybe We’ve Been Bamboozled! | Make Aging Work
You're Probably Guilty of Ageism—And It Hurts You More Than You Realize | Well + Good
Baby boomers are proving you’re never too old to start a business | The Globe and Mail
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George Lorenzo

The word "Anima" has a variety of definitions. Here it simply means “soul,” or one’s individuality, or one’s inner essence. An old soul has a finely tuned compassionate, tolerant, and magnanimous nature. Old Anima provides information, in a variety of forms, that can be helpful for older adults (and young souls, too), by drawing mostly from humanity’s stock of wise philosophers and scientists.

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