It has occurred to me that we can describe the various phases of our adult lives alphabetically. In our 20’s we Accelerate, We enbark on careers, we marry, have kids, and hurry into adulthood as quickly as possible. Time is wasting, and we want to do it ALL. In our 30’s we seek Balance: juggling kids, jobs, bills, activities. In our 40’s we Challenge: with age comes wisdom (for most of us, hopefully) and we take stock, analyze what we’re doing and whether it’s working, whether it’s where we want to be and what we want in life. We challenge the pace that we’ve been keeping for the last twenty years. Then comes the 50’s with De-clutter, De-stress, and Downsize, or else we will De-press and that’s no fun. We know the clock of life is ticking and we don’t have time or energy to do half the stuff we used to do, so we start to prioritize. And I haven’t hit my 60’s yet, what will that bring that begins with E? I’m guessing maybe Expression, because my friends in their 60’s all have a lot of wisdom they want to share, experience to pass on to the younger ones who, sadly, don’t have (or take) the time to slow down and listen to learn from them.