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Competing against the young
January 9, 2012 |
To the host:
Today, I heard a commentator say that young graduates entering the work force will have to compete against people their parents' and grandparents' ages. I am one of those older folk needing to re-invent myself & I hate the thought of posing a threat to young people. What is a good way to proceed to keep out of their paths, while creating steps of my own?
We older folk who aren't ready to retire are indeed competing against the young. I, for example, am standing squarely in the path of some 22-year-old who wants to be the host of a Saturday evening variety show. I have no qualms about that whatsoever. The old lion comes to the carcass of the wildebeest and feeds and bats away the young cubs and yearlings until, one day, they shove him away and he crawls off into a canebrake and perishes. It's the way of the world. Comedy is a young person's game and nobody is very funny past the age of 40. I am hanging onto the ledge by my fingertips and one day some punk with hard soles is going to stomp on my aged fingers and I will drop to the rocks far below. But I refuse to jump.