Over the Hill, Under the Sea

I turned forty two weeks ago. Yes, I was born within a week of Elvis’ passing. Mom still thinks there’s a correlation.

Going over the hill is not as bad as I feared. It’s not a mountain, after all. And I still have hair, at least when viewed from the front.

From the back, it’s a different story.

Scientists call it male pattern baldness. My wife calls it a solar panel for a you-know-what machine. My kids call it a “Bob spot.”

I tell them it’s just proof that I know something. Then I remind the boys about the concept of heredity.

Hair changes, including the aggressive protrusion of hair from the insides of one’s ears, are among the differences time inspire.

Just as bodies change with the decades, so do the questions about the road of life.

The first decade of life demands, “Are we there yet?” The teenage years scream, “What a ride!” The twenties announce, “I’ve arrived.” The thirties, with its focus on kids and career, wonder, “Am I getting anywhere?”

Then, you get to the top of the proverbial hill and ask, “Do I like the view?” Many people don’t.

Here, a fork appears: Will I grow disgruntled with how things have turned out and take an off-ramp? Or will I stay the course and finish what I started?

People find plenty of justifications for the exits they take. By mid-life, the drip, drip, drip of life can fill to neck level. Life has a way of not meeting expectations, and a fortieth birthday can pronounce the disappointments.

The so-called mid-life crisis may not simply be a calculated, albeit selfish, decision. It may feel compulsive, like a survival mechanism, like a choice to remain viable.

We innately know at age forty that the ride down won’t be smooth or gradual. “Getting old is not for sissies,” old-timers say between doctor visits.

The best we can hope for is that the hilltop visit sharpens our focus on what’s important.

Blogger Morgan Snyder says most people spend their thirties building kingdoms: families, businesses, careers, organizations, etc.

He, instead, spent his thirties attempting to accumulate wisdom. He interviewed dozens of gray hairs and presented the results at www.becomegoodsoil.com.

Snyder concludes that people are like icebergs: ninety per cent is below the surface – their motives. The behavior and actions above the surface are driven by what lies beneath.

The person who excavates his life – and allows timeless wisdom from ancient paths to form a firm foundation – that is the person who takes the hill and keeps on climbing.


Follow Kevin Thompson at www.kwt.info.

 

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2 Responses to “Over the Hill, Under the Sea”


  1. 1 Susan Brashear September 6, 2017 at 14:10

    My 40th is tomorrow, this is timely and appreciated – Susan (Bates) Brashear.

  2. 2 jessestroup September 8, 2017 at 14:50

    I like this one too. Jesse Stroup Director of Spiritual Care

    JesseStrouplive@yahoo.com 6300 Harry Hines Blvd. BKB 101 Dallas, TX 75235 (888) 767-6363

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