Why do art, literature and music matter less to me now that I'm middle aged?
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As parents, we all want our children to learn new skills, but sometimes a little learning is a dangerous thing. As a friend once said, “you spend ages trying to get your kids to talk, and once they do, you wish they’d shut up”. At the moment, one skill my daughter has unfortunately learned is the ability to make Spotify repeat the same song forever.
Why are so many parents addicted to their phones? Why are we so afraid of boredom? Why am I deleting Twitter from my phone?
People often say that life is short, but they’re usually wrong. Life (for most people) is pretty long, but in order to be able to do what we want, we need at least 2 out of energy, free time, and money. Having them at the same time is rare, especially once you reach a certain age, where these things seem to be in short supply for a lot of us.
For a while, I’ve been puzzled by a pair of arrows painted on the pavement outside Café G on Peckham Rye. One red, pointing South, and the other blue, pointing North. I don’t know how long they’ve been there, but I don’t think it’s been that long - I don’t remember seeing them until quite recently. I don’t know why they are there, or what they point to - my Googling skills have let me down on this one. What could they be? Perhaps some kind of art project, or a magical mystery tour. Either way, I wanted to know where they led.