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In “We Learn Nothing“, uber-essayist Tim Kreider said something like “it’s sad to see people disengage from life as they get older.” OMG! When I read that, I felt like Timbo had just articulated one of my greatest fears.


Except for a handful of painful but relatively short times when I’ve totally disengaged from participating in life, I’ve been committed to desperately holding on to the tiger’s tail and racing through the jungle of life with (almost) reckless abandon.

How about you? Do you feel yourself sloooowly disengaging from life as the years tick by? If not, then good for you. If so, then do you think you should wake up and start searching for that tiger tail?

Tiger Tail

  1. aawwa
    February 22, 2013 at 1:41 am

    I think I am actually engaging more as I get older – well the quality of my engagement is probably better at least. I am engaging as the real me, not just doing what I think I ought to be doing 🙂 Good question by the way!

    • February 22, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      Good for you Lorraine. Your comment spawned this thought: Even thought they’re not totally independent, quality of engagement is more important to happiness than frequency of engagement.

  2. February 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I’m with Lorraine. I’d also add that I’m engaging with a more real world, not the one I used to imagine it would be. It’s certainly harder though, which is why maybe some people “give up” when they see the world’s true nature

    • February 24, 2013 at 7:12 am

      From what I know about you Richard, I have no doubt you’re whooping it up and holding on to the tiger’s tail.

      • February 24, 2013 at 9:54 am

        And LOVING IT! 🙂

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