While our parents may not have met our needs for attention and affection, marketers succeeded in convincing us that a $25,000 watch is an easy substitute.
It took me 40 years to realize that I don’t owe anyone an audience. Life is too short to become captured.
The Internet is so saturated with unsolicited life advice; why would I ever share my midlife self-absorption publicly? In case it serves someone else, as Steven Johnson’s birthday reflection from 12 years ago served me then, and served me again today.
Call it historical schadenfreude: I’ve been greatly comforted over the past couple of months by reading historical accounts of just how much worse things used to be a hundred years ago.