More about those events, perhaps, in some future blog. Today is about what has been happening as a result of these changes – generavity. Pretty cool word, huh! Generavity – to generate something that can be passed on.
Taking a line from Wikipedia, ‘"Generativity" is a term coined by the psychoanalyst Erik Erikson in 1950 to denote "a concern for establishing and guiding the next generation."’ Continuing with Wikipedia (it was convenient), in Erikson’s Stages of Psychosocial Development, “generativity is a struggle against stagnation that ascends during adulthood.” Well, that sounds rather serious.
For me, it is about being productive, being active, creating, making significant stuff happen, hopefully things that have lasting impact, things that matter. I’m going to be the ‘the Generavinator’! Envision Schwarzenegger and you have me – with variation in some small details.
I see more opportunities than I have time for. In fact, it irritates me that I can’t do them all. I sense I’m entering the stage of my greatest potency as far as potential for impact. That I have the power to reach out and bend the universe to my will. Ok, ok, perhaps a few too many Matrix movies or comic book movies. But still.
While my days are full, to be sure, they are filled for the most part with things that are satisfying at this time. Isn’t being potent part of what we want to be at this stage of our lives? In fact, don’t we kind of fear that we’re not making any difference in the world; that we’ll leave this life and no one will even notice we were here?
It seems to me that that is half the struggle of the midlife transition, and the fuel for the occasional midlife crisis we see among the ‘brethren’ now and then. Identity and relevance - who are we and do we matter? Powerful questions and important we wrestle with them, and come to some satisfactory conclusion about them – at least tentatively.
Once we’ve done that, I think we can be productive. When we’re feeling a bit lost and confused, downcast, we’re not all that productive, nor are we all that interested in getting that way. After a rough and perhaps demanding patch, we can say what Bilbo Baggins said in the last segment of Lord of the Rings – “I think I’m ready for another adventure.” And indeed he was. And so shall we. So, Generavinators! Go forth and … and…stop messin’ around!
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