This is my first time joining any sort of online forum. And I've really been enjoying reading through some of the threads and posts.
My reasons for joining are really two-fold.
1. I'm going to hit 50 next year and the mid-life transition has been tough for a number of reasons that I'm sure many of you understand. So, I'm interested in connecting with other fellow X-ers (and those on the borderline) who are experiencing some of the same challenges I am experiencing. Plus, I'm from the states and currently living overseas which can be a bit isolating. So an online forum seemed to make sense.
2. I love my generation. I really do. I feel we get overlooked sitting between the two biggies (Boomers and Millennials). And any time I do see mention of "us," usually it is in reference to one of the old stereotypes (slackers, cynical, etc.). I've never identified with these descriptions. And I don't think most of my Gen X friends and colleagues do either. We have a ton to offer. Creativity, independence, humor, a great work ethic. We can use tech. But we also know when to put down the phones, look someone in the eye, and engage.
Now that we're in our early 30's, 40's and 50's, we're getting the chance to use these positive attributes (and others) to lead institutions and movements. (And create them!!) As I push into my second half, I really want to focus my life on working with X-ers to help address they key challenges we face. And this means gaining a better understanding of how others in my generation are feeling.
So, that's why this thread asks, how are you handling midlife? What concerns you most about the future? What excites you most about the future? What do you want to get accomplished in your second half? Do you feel ready to lead?