The next time you’re in the greeting card aisle take a look at the cards for those turning 40, 50 or 60. They’re filled with over-the-hill jokes about memory loss, disability and decline.
These are some of the clearest examples of society telling us what to expect as we age. Midlife is a major transition, probably the biggest since puberty. But instead of seeing it as a step towards death, what if we imagine it as the beginning of a whole new life?