Wednesday, Sep. 24
EDITORIAL: Leaders who make age a work of art
We all know the pithy quote about the power of youth. “Don’t trust anyone over 30.” Here’s good advice: Don’t trust pithy quotes.
This week we celebrate people in their prime. Like most things of value, it took time to get here. What began as special section about ‘senior living’ has been reconsidered as Prime Time, a report celebrating people in their prime: remarkable people who are forging new careers based on their passions.
Age has little to do with it. Rather, the focus is on new achievement by “a community of people committed to rediscovering their gifts, exploring new possibilities and moving toward their best lives.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 21 percent of the nation’s civilian workforce was 55. By 2020, it projects a rise to 25 percent. In 2000, just 13 percent of the workforce was age 55 or older.
For Baby Boomers, the generation now moving into their 60s, the old concept of retirement doesn't register. Most say they either plan to continue in their current job or that they envision a new career. But workplaces, by and large, are designed for young people. Talented, experienced, secure and dedicated Boomers are remaking them.
The latest buzzwords in prime time are 'reinvent,' 're-imagine,' 'encore' - anything that suggests a new chapter. The idea of reinvention is appealing. It gets people to take a look at what's important in their lives and provides them with the highest levels of personal meaning. It’s a reflective process that allows them to pause and reconnect with what’s important, to refocus or re-imagine how they spend their time and talents.
Our special section today recognizes nine remarkable people – the Prime Time Nine – who work or live in Loudoun County:
Frank Wolf, the 17-term congressman from the 10th District, who plans on dedicating his next career to issues of international human rights and religious freedom.
Cate Magennis Wyatt, a former developer and state commerce secretary who's leading a four-state, historic preservation Journey Through Hallowed Ground.
Sheila Johnson, the serial entrepreneur, movie producer, global ambassador and philanthropist who’s now building a national resort portfolio that includes Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg.
Michael O’Connor, a civic leader and CEO of a company that provides services to the federal government and the intelligence community, who leads preservation efforts at Oatlands and the renaissance in downtown Leesburg.
Madeleine Albright, the diplomat and first woman Secretary of State who influences and decodes foreign policy as a professor to students and an adviser to world leaders.
John Flannery, a former federal prosecutor who advocates for fairness, values and ethics as the cornerstones of civil society.
Dr. Edgar Hatrick, who steered the growth of Loudoun County Schools over five decades and now works as a private citizen to promote public education as a way to empower people.
Charlotte Nurge, the dynamic advocate for older citizens who addresses issues ranging from voting, housing, transportation, tax preparation and citizenship.
Bruce Smart, a former CEO of a Fortune 500 company and former Undersecretary of Commerce who writes and advises on issues ranging from education, politics to the environment while raising and racing horses.
Each serves as an example of how to approach new directions with success in the pursuit of meaning and vitality at all ages and all junctions. Each teaches us that youth may be a gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
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