360 Live Media
360 Live Media is an event strategy and digital marketing agency in Washington, D.C. serving association, professional society, and not-for-profit conferences.
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Life Is Simple – the Paradox of Youth & Aging

Pablo Picasso said, “It takes a very long time to be young.” This got me thinking about the early years of my life and where I am now. See if this insight is true for you.


When we were young, up until about age 10, life was simple. We had limited experiences, most of us hadn’t become too rigid, cynical, or battle weary from the trials, tribulations, ups and downs, or the joys and sorrows of life.


We then travel into life and experience school, work, relationships, financial responsibilities, success, failure, health challenges, and a wide range of other factors that seem to complicate our lives.


Confucius said, “Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated.” We live our lives in our heads—assessing the past, thinking about the future, and navigating through the present moment. We develop layers of thinking that, in many ways, complicate our life often producing worry, regret, fear, and stress.


The paradox, it seems to me, is that as we age, we have the ability to ponder Picasso’s words, go back to the freedom of our youth, and embrace the peace that comes from not having a past and not knowing what the future holds.


I hope that the older I get the more youthful I become. Youth doesn’t have to be wasted on the young.


Life really is simple when we allow ourselves the peace of living in the now. The complexity of replaying the past or worrying about the future is the source of our self-imposed complications.


Here’s to simple in a world that tells us otherwise.

Don Neal Headshot

A marketing thought leader, speaker, teacher, and advisor, Don Neal brings his Madison Avenue experience to help organizations see their opportunities in a new light. He is passionate about helping organizations accelerate the trajectory of their success.

Don Neal
Founder & CEO
360 Live Media

Top Resources

Redefine your criteria for success with The 6 Rs—360 Live Media’s trademarked tool to drive and measure growth.

Take your annual meeting, conference or trade show to the next level and build your strategy on The 9 Ps of Event Marketing.

Discover how you can deliver more value to your members with this essential thought piece for association executives.