We go about our daily lives without thinking too much about death and tragedy, yet one freak accident can change all of that in a split second. While there is love and happiness in the world, there is pain and death too, and it can visit us when we least expect it.
This is the dilemma: At, say, 45, who the hell has time to work on something that could satisfy creatively long-term when next week's bills will still be due? Maybe if you've spent years building up a nest egg you can take the time you need, but it's the Gen-Xers' lament that this has been harder to do throughout their lives. There are plenty of success stories out there, but there are just as many about people who were laid waste by any or all of the three crushing recessions America endured in our lifetime. My parents couldn't have imagined being in my position when they were my age -- and they still can't -- and if the various stories written lately about Gen-X hitting its inevitable mid-life crisis are true, I'm not the only one.