I am going to re-do the blog site. It will still be itwasanowl. I noticed however that younger people are beginning to “like” the site. I reread some of the posts and realized it’s not just for “old farts.” The class that Tim and I will be doing together this summer is about recreating one’s life in order to reimagine the world, and adults have asked about it, which for some reason surprised me. But our world in America has been upended and adults and kids are desperate for reimagining. Too many people are experiencing degrees of anxiety over Trump. I hear many say they can’t sleep at times worrying what he will do next. I admit I am one of those people. My remaining clients have asked me not to retire for a while. I thought at 70 I would be experiencing all the things I never had time for – not doing battle with network executives.
Trump’s election initially disturbed me but I realized that he is a hand grenade into our complacency. The arrogance of the Trump family, Jared in particular, and the entire Republican Party who colludes with the devil in order to pass an agenda that is antithetical to Democracy and American ideals – if we really ever had any – are the challenges society needs to evolve beyond the greed, incompetence, the hard core right wing republicans who believe dismantling government will be good for them. And good for them – they can create chaos and hatred for those who are willing to participate in that illusion.
I am not!
Thus, I have been thinking long and hard about what Tim and I are beginning to do. The year 2000 was a defining moment for the earth in many ways. The kids born in 2000 and up are the ones who will accelerate saving this planet if it is to be saved. The 20-something’s who are floundering not knowing what to do with their lives are the new innovators. Given a chance to recognize their innate gifts that aren’t defined by corporate America, aren’t defined by a traditional 9-5 job, aren’t defined by the nationalist attitude that Trump has swept into our lexicon, they have the ability to collectively quantum leap us into a new cultural paradigm.
There are plenty of adults like me and Tim who have deep life experience, who walk between the worlds of what was, what is, and what can be. We are the gatekeepers, the “doormen,” the threshold guardians who will open those doors to the innovators for they are the architects of a new world order. I have a map. It is dog-eared and worn. Each step and every road taken led me to the “meaning of life.” I have a map with a few basic instructions for how each person can find their meaning in life. The instructions are one-size fits all; the individual journeys, however, are as varied, rewarding or disappointing as the person who is willing to battle the challenges and disappointments, the heart ache and the joy in order to create it and to make it meaningful.
We are experimenting with this class this summer to help people and ourselves reimagine and recreate. In concert, my idea for itwasowl is not just my “rants” or observations but opening up some space for people to share their thoughts about finding the meaning for their life and changing their world. I will not tolerate bullying, or undermining another person. Additionally, it is not about politics though politics now is what will define us the next 4 years. It is about rising above the politics and thinking about how to live in our communities in new ways. We need to think big and more creatively. We need to collectively support not destroy. We need to never say “it can’t be done that way.
It will be an experiment for creative ideas, poems, short stories, and drawings. I don’t value nonsense, sensationalism, extremism, ideology, new-age patter, religious fanatics, pot-addled writing, victim mentality or narcissistic rants. If you feel like you’re entitled to say anything you want then don’t even think about this blog. If you feel you have grand ideas that can change the world but were afraid to voice, I want to hear those ideas. If you are on a quest to find your “holy grail” to discover your destiny, to search for the meaning of your life, share, share, share!!!!! Like the goldfish – think big – jump high. I will post when the blog is ready.