5 lessons from ‘The Intern’

OK.  It is Hollywood.  It is a little unreal.  BUT, it’s fun, funny, and I like some of what it suggests (albeit in a Hollywood way).  Here’s what I think we can learn from this movie:

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Do you want to live forever?

The pursuit of youth and desire to remain young niggles.  Just yesterday a friend and I were walking through an area filled with young people.  We admired their youth and talked about the beauty of youth in our own children.  In almost the same breath we both agreed that we love being exactly our age (we’re both baby boomers), despite our grey hair, wrinkles, age spots, saggy knees, and the increasing appearance of veins in our legs.

So, when I read or see stories about David Sinclair’s pursuit to develop an anti-ageing pill I become a little annoyed.  When my 12-year-old daughter saw the story in the Good Weekend recently, she had this to say:

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Are you really ready to retire?

Yes.  Well, no.  Well, maybe.  But not completely.

OK.  So retiring is a big decision.  But, what is it exactly?

According to The Australian Pocket Oxford Dictionary, to retire is “to leave office or employment, especially because of age”.   I guess ultimately, that’s what we all aspire to – not working. Or is it?

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