by Brianne Murphy Miller
Am I over 50 and obsolete?
No – I just need a firmware upgrade. As a communications professional with 35(ish) years of experience, I’m often looked upon by my younger colleagues as a sage. Or knowledgeable. Or maybe just old? Most of us get to that point in our careers when change seems either inevitable or impossible. Recently, I was lucky enough to explore my personal tipping point at Modern Elder Academy (MEA or “The Academy” to those of us who participated). MEA is located in beautiful, rural, Baja del Sur, Mexico and aims to help those of us with a few rings on our tree figure out what’s next, and more importantly, why.
Pondering life’s questions is a lot easier in a beautiful location, plied with fantastic food and surrounded by smart peers. But it’s still hard work. Founder Chip Conley created the Academy’s programming around central themes of create, learn and explore. My week’s theme was centered on time; both appreciating what we’ve already learned and designing what has yet to transpire. As someone who has counted time in 15-minute increments on a spreadsheet for years, this was a challenge. I’m happy to report that my week brought me greater clarity on my strengths, appreciation for my weaknesses and some new ideas on how time is on my side.
Like most of my communications colleagues, I’m often mired in accomplishing within a specific timeframe, so MEA was a great opportunity to actually think. What do you do to get out of the minutia of life and give yourself permission to think the big thoughts?