In an age where digital nomads flourish and pension plans crumble, it feels like the genie is finally coming out of the bottle: age doesn’t matter as much as it used to. Either that or I’m just getting older…and starting to see genies….

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
Mark Twain

How young is too young, and how old is too old, when it comes to jacking it all in and rebooting your life?

When I’ve discussed my flux/reboot plans with friends, family and colleagues, they’ve generally been encouraging, but what they really mean is “why are you throwing everything away AT YOUR AGE?”. I know that’s what they (some of them anyway!) are thinking, I can see it in their eyes. So herein lies a central problem with My Year In Flux.

It sounds like you’re having a bit of a midlife crisis – isn’t 30-something too early in life to be doing that and blogging about this stuff?

It’s true – what I’m doing bears a striking resemblance to the midlife transition that we traditionally face a little further down the line. So have I got any right to be doing this at the age of 32?

When I think about the next stage of my life, I picture it as a wave coursing inexorably in my direction. Rather than waiting for the water to crash over my head and engulf me, I’ve just taken the decision to paddle out to meet it. This isn’t so bizarre – lots of people do it, many of them forced by some life-changing event, and a good proportion more by breakdowns or breakups, and that all seems to be deemed necessary and normal. But heading into a state of flux voluntarily? That’s still verboten. AND AT MY AGE? What a load of nonsense.

Convention dictates that age and life-stage are stuck together like glue – but that’s just lazy thinking. Professional sportsmen and women are forced into a transition at 30something – swimmers and gymnasts are often on the scrapheap in their early/mid twenties, and plenty of people working in high pressure careers like finance have had enough by 35. If they can do it, so can we. Get on with it already, whatever your age. So let’s take away that barrier – you’ve read my petty justification, now think about yours!

I want My Year In Flux to give inspiration to anyone who looks at aspects of their life and feels dissatisfied, bored or unfulfilled – I’m here to remind you that change is a positive force, that as adults we need to re-discover novelty and that no barrier is so large that it cannot be removed or discounted. As Mark Twain once said, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”