Why The Linear Life Plan Is Disappearing
Last Update: February 14, 2019
The Linear Life Plan
Until recently the charting of our
lives has been very neat and predictable. First you learned, then you
worked, then you died. There are a number of reasons we accepted the
Linear Life Plan.
First it fulfilled the biological and social requirements of a short life span. Second it was tradition, you were expected to act your age. Third it was the law, we created Government regulations and Institutional rules that prescribed the ages at which we should go to school, begin and end our work careers and when we could retire and receive a pension.
And lastly it was our own assumptions. Who
hasn’t said at one time or another, ” It’s too late for me to try that”
or ” If I could only have another chance to do it over again” or “If
only I were younger, I would…..”
In many ways we would judge ourselves by how successful we were at following the Linear Plan. We convinced ourselves that any deviation from the Plan would leave us poor, childless and socially ostracized.
The Cyclic Life Plan
Today we are seeing a dissolution of the traditional Linear Life Plan and in
its place a much more flexible arrangement, known as the Cyclic Life
Plan, is emerging. Due mainly to the increase in life expectancy, we are
starting to realize that not only will we live pass 50 and 60 but still
be vigorous, active, and independent into our 80s and even 90s.
It’s About Longevity
Because of this longevity, we are beginning to find ourselves cycling in and
out of several careers throughout our lives, each interspersed with
periods of rest, recreation, retraining and personal reflection. We are also seeing blatant age discrimination in the workplace. While some of
us will hit our career stride for the first time, long after it was
considered time to retire.Many of us will become discouraged, disheartened and made to feel like losers, because of the workplace attitudes, towards anybody over the age of fifty.
Increasing life expectancy and better health are altering the very definitions of
“old age” and “retirement”. The increasing length of non-income earning
retirement can cause severe financial hardships. We are seeing more and
more older people, not only having to work in some fashion, but many who
prefer to work. They are shocked when they find, that not only are there no opportunities for them, but they are actually discriminated against.
Retirement can be a Problem
Growing numbers of people have begun to question,
not only when to retire, but whether retirement as it now exists even
makes sense. Many see retirement as an uncertainty or even a problem.
Something that will separate them form the kinds of productive lives
they are capable of living, well into their 70s and 80s. But because of rampant age discrimination, many begin to doubt themselves and begin to believe that they are not capable.
Second and Third Chances
The dead hand of tradition, the weight of regulations and our own expectations
are given way. We no longer feel forced, to do exactly what the
generation before us did. In a longer life there are second and third
chances. We have the opportunity, to go back and do some things we
weren’t able to do, for whatever reason, earlier in life. It starts with challenging the status quo, and having our voices heard.
So why are so many people choosing to stop working in their later years, even with the risk of outliving their money?
- They still live in the Linear Plan.
- They are tired of doing what they were doing and see no worthwhile alternative.
- They assume that it’s too late to start a whole new career.
- There is age discrimination, which although illegal, still makes the barriers
to re-entering the work force, extremely difficult to overcome.
- Work schedules today are usually all or nothing, or they expect you to work third shift.
- Can only find work that is 100% commission or requires you to wear an apron, vest or a paper hat.
Workplace Is Changing
Luckily as our postindustrial economy matures into a more technological one,
more and more jobs will be based on connecting with people, utilizing
knowledge, experience and judgment. Increasingly with each new wave of
professional obsolescence, millions of men and women at varying stages
of life will begin the sometimes frustrating often times exhilarating
process of beginning entirely new careers. Age discrimination in the workplace will only get worse, as long as we accept it. We can force our Legislators to act, we can re-focus A.A.R.P. and we can boycott offending Companies.
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As always, thanks for visiting. Dave
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