Peeking inside the mind of the boy dating your daughter
In The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50, Jonathan Rauch, a Brookings Institution scholar and an Atlantic contributing editor, reviews the strong evidence suggesting that the happiness of most adults declines through their 30s and 40s, then bottoms out in their early 50s.
Nothing about this pattern is set in stone, of course.
For selfish reasons, I couldn’t get the cognitive dissonance of that scene out of my mind.
It was the summer of 2015, shortly after my 51st birthday. But I had started to wonder: Can I really keep this going? But even if I stayed at it 12 hours a day, seven days a week, at some point my career would slow and stop. Would I one day be looking back wistfully and wishing I were dead?
She told me that she is happy, but that the adjustment wasn’t easy—and still isn’t, even though she won her last Olympic medal in 2000.