My Likables : 2015 - 09 - 01
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My Likables : 2015  -  09  -  01

Technically I'm still middle aged, for a few more years. That guy that stares back at me from the mirror, though, sure does look old. One thing I've noticed about getting older is the way your focus, where you concentrate your awareness, changes. Things that were oh so important 40 years ago you hardly ever give a thought to anymore. The mind is more focused on retirement issues, the value of investments, the sustainability of social security, and stuff like that.

A lot of time is also spent thinking back, to that dumb little kid you used to be 50+ years ago. Thoughts of that world, which no longer exists, keep popping up in the awareness of the mind, sometimes with pride, sometimes with regret.

Since I've begun spending a lot of time on the Internet, the new view port to the universe, I've also noticed how much stuff I've been missing. The world has changed so much and in so many ways has just passed me by because I was too focused on other stuff, like producing some new product, or paying the rent. I'm working to change that now. I want a more balanced image in my view port to the universe. I'm making some changes to the way that I view this world, and an important aspect of that change is moving the focus of my awareness to align with the focus of Life, itself.

Life is an emergent process, continually creating itself through countless generations. Life's focus is tenaciously lasered in on one thing; its own emergence. That is a point of concern for us aging individuals because it is obvious through countless examples that when an individual, whether it be an animal or a plant or an amoeba, is no longer useful to the emergent nature of Life, that Life move away from it and allows it to die.

Ouch! That thought sort of stings as it rattles around in the consciousness, but it's true. I'm not ready to roll over and die, not just yet. So it seems to me that the way to hold on to Life is to stay relevant, to be useful to Life, and that requires moving your focus where Life is focused. That is what I'm doing, right now, right here. I've moved my focus to the emerging generations, and I've seen some remarkable things.

I have a blog where I share the things I find on the Internet that I like in just one place, instead of randomly hitting the share and re-blog and re-tweet buttons on the various social media pages. Usually this is a random collection of 4 to 6 things I've found that have little or no relevance to each other, other than I like them. Twice now, in the short history of this blog, I've stumbled across an amazing young person that just blew me away with their talent, their skill, and their deep connection to a world that I'm increasingly unable to understand.

So, in keeping with my desire to focus on the emergent nature of Life, I have dedicated two of my blog pages to some remarkable children, both teenagers, both girls, and both phenomenally awesome. Join me in appreciating these youngsters on my blog pages. The most recent blog is my page dedicated to the awesome and amazing Tavi Gevinson. I guess these days you could call it a fan page. In addition to Tavi I have a page dedicated to the also awesome and amazing artist Kristina Webb.

Give them a look, and let me know what you think.

Gary


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