than to pass through time paying attention only to the endless tasks that have gone before in our lives.25 The beauty of the middle years is that we are at a place in the journey where we can appreciate engagement in any work or play as an expression of our productivity and creativity. In that way, we prepare for the personal losses of old age and eventual death by actually living a bit. In a culture that privileges youth, we must learn to value age. We can enjoy in the present rather than live only with memories of the past or dreams of the future.
Quote in chapter title is from Carl Jung, ( 1971), The portable Jung (see note 1).