Glory Days? The Mid-Life Divide

Friday, June 06, 2014

Janet Taylor, community psychiatrist in New York City and a contributor to AARP's Life Reimagined project, talks about the challenges people face after age 50 and whether their early ideas of success have held up and how life has changed their plans along the way.


Janet Taylor

Comments [9]

J. King from Chicagoland

Michael Jordan evidently accepted his failure as a human being. Cheating creep husband. Sat by while child slave laborers produced his overpriced sneakers and teenagers murdered each other in order to own them. Oh, but he could put a ball in a hoop. Wow!

Jun. 06 2014 02:30 PM
Roy from East Village

Disappointing. The topic as Brian presents it is how to come to terms when you realize your dream is not going to happen. The guest's advice is to brush yourself off, learn from your mistakes, and try again, because this is the "American" thing to do.

When in fact some dreams are One of the few examples in popular culture of how to deal with this is in the animated movie "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" where Charlie loses on the word "beagle". He is crushed and takes to his bed. Eventually though Linus convinces him that nothing much has changed. Kids are still playing outside. The sun is still shining. Nobody is really bothered by it.

It would be great if this program go a little deeper on these provocative topics.

Jun. 06 2014 12:02 PM


How dare you fail to air any segments this week to mark the anniversaries of D-Day landings at Normandy and the Tiananmen Square protests.

You are a disgrace to journalism and to WNYC.

Jun. 06 2014 12:00 PM
Drew T from Cobble Hill Brooklyn

What a great topic! Thanks for doing this show.

I'm a starving filmmaker in my late 40's who doesn't want to be starving any longer. When I look back, I think I'm still glad that I didn't make a choice in my 20's to make money. I now have some amazing skills that I NEVER would have acquired had I not chosen to go for it, try to make it in this field. And I now am trying to find stability, even if it means changing careers (maybe I can work for the woman who became a landlord) but I plan to keep making films, and with the financial stability that I MUST find, I can afford to make some films I have been unable to make... I can't imagine totally letting go of this dream.

Jun. 06 2014 11:44 AM
ella from NYC

I started out with vague notions of designing and went to night school at FIT. I got to work as a pattern maker and later as a textile designer. In my thirties I finished at BFA at Hunter, adopted 2 children and started teaching vocational high school. It was difficult at first, but it got better, luckily art and design are always changing and always interesting. Now I have Social and a little pension and things are good.

Jun. 06 2014 11:35 AM
Jaime from Ellenville, NY

First, what does it mean "professional life" mean? Are you actually defining a person by what they do to make money? Why would you confuse a person by saying that having a good life means making money? Can you show me any correlation between money and happiness? Also, why would you want to define yourself based on the unrealistic expectations of an earlier self?

You do not have to compromise your self for your work. Realize that just because you feel it, does not means its true. And, many of your emotional reactions are more due to bad imprinting then what you actually consider to be important to you.

Jun. 06 2014 11:31 AM

Limits on career after 50? Really? Really?! How ageist can you get???

As "you move toward RETIREMENT." Seriously? Who can afford to retire?

Please at least make an attempt to keep up with the times.

Jun. 06 2014 11:26 AM
john from office

I am 53, I go with the view that 60 is the new 40, these days. people live longer, success can come at later ages these days.

Jun. 06 2014 11:26 AM
Beatrice from Brooklyn

Wow. Between this topic and the successful 10 year old topic, you're crushing me today. As the 50-plus mom of a slow to mature 10 year old, I'm having a lot of trouble lately adjusting to what I'm perceiving as my failures. I have to spend a lot of time counting my blessings and remembering the places I have had success. Great talk, even if depressing.

Jun. 06 2014 11:25 AM

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