(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 6 July 2021, Goloka Dhama, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.1.18)
“Don’t let any opportunities go by! What if you are missing out in life? You may never get that opportunity again!” This is a common worldview, whereby this life is all there is considered to be. There is nothing after it and everything that you want to possibly experience has to be experienced in this one little life. Time is moving and you have to be quick. And that creates anxiety. You now have choices to make, and they better be the right ones because if you make the wrong choice, then, you may spoil your whole life. Midlife crisis, what is it about? It is simply the approach of old age and the approach of losing it. “Help me, I am going to lose the chance to enjoy!” Midlife crisis, “Let me enjoy now before it is too late!” America is an interesting country because there, even old people are trying to be young. They act as if they are young but there is no such thing. It is more like a mature European thing. People nowadays dress like they are young and they do all the things they used to do when they were young. They do not know how to relate to it. But yes at seventy, it is still young. (laughter). At eighty, still going strong. But that also does not work. I am experiencing that myself. That does not work since we go from being young to being totally incapacitated. Yesterday, we were on the bicycle and then the next day we are in the wheelchair. There is nothing in between. So, spiritual life is about realism.