- My usual daily work is in the digital sphere, creating online courses for online workers.
- The general purpose of this blog is to experience and explore the process of growing older, in the hope of reducing its scare-value.
The DARE conference audience worked at jobs such as programming, web design, content management, systems design, digital strategy and web editing. The process of preparing a speech for this conference was both radical and rigorous, involving a set structure and several rehearsals with other speakers. This was heaps of fun, and gave me some valuable insights.
- Your life story, past and future, is fluid. It is not cast in concrete.
- Writing about your life story brings surprising new insights. (Funny, that.)
- A 25-minute speech can be built like a screenplay or novel, using the 12-stage Hero's Journey structure.
- Your parents embed certain instructions in your head. If they're good for you, you can refer to them forever. If they're bad for you, kick them out and get some new ones.
- We already know how to grow old happily, thanks to science, experience and common sense. But don't wait for anything, not for that dream job or romance or Lotto ticket: the trick is to start being happy right this minute, regardless of circumstances and regardless of your age.
Life is short: find happiness now
Image from the talk: shows the way a body (mine) ages over the decades.