Your Midlife Journey and an iPad 2
Until last week, “late adopter”, or “laggard” would best describe my technology-buying behavior. However, when my iMac of six years crashed with burnt-out capacitors, I succumbed to an Apple Store salesman’s suggestion that I add an iPad 2 to my new iMac purchase.
Perhaps it was the story he told about his father, the lawyer, who lined up outside the Providence Place Mall at 4:00am in hopes of owning one of the few iPad 2’s due to arrive that day. Unlike his Dad, I didn’t even know I wanted one until I entered that same store. I simply got lucky.
This purchase dropped me into unknown territory as I grappled with how to manage all the new technology it represented. I continuously sought guidance from the Apple specialists, but their conflicting advice left me wound into a tight ball of frustration. After a week of looking to others for help, I decideded to figure out by myself how to coordinate thousands of old Entourage files with a new Outlook system, and/or go with Mac mail to synch better with my iPad 2 – along with other similar challenges.
I am, for now, up and running. Despite a week I’d prefer to forget, I’m very happy the young man suggested I buy the iPad 2; I love it! (I actually composed this month’s newsletter on it, curled up on a comfy couch in my sunroom.)
As I was recounting my encounters with all this new technology to a friend (well, whining hard would be a better description), I realized this experience could be a mini-metaphor for what happens when you find yourself in the midst of “midlife malaise.” Your capacitors (capacity to hold energy, like a computer’s ability to hold electricity) are burnt out. You understand you need something different, but feel clueless as to how to proceed. You seek the guidance of experts and kvetch to friends, but in the end, the answer really lies within you.
Reinventing yourself at midlife is, of course, a more complicated and longer process than installing new technology, but in both cases, the ultimate knowledge of how best to move forward belongs to the owner. So what about you? Have you faced a daunting situation where you were able to tune into your own intuitive wisdom and find direction, or discover new truths? What helped you to move forward? Love to hear about it!
Next week I’ll announce the publication of a new eBook, where I have a chapter that describes just such a period in my own life.
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