Sometimes, I feel like an avocado.

A new season of NBC’s “The Voice” starts on September 22nd. This season, the four judges are Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. The judges are selected based upon their success, talent and experience; enough experience to act as coaches to the new up and coming talent competing on the show.

I like the show, it’s a great concept (talent initially chosen based on ability only). What kills me a little, though, is that the judges on the panel are so “seasoned” that they’ve been selected for that role. The OLDEST of this group is Gwen Stefani at 44. Adam Levine is only 35, and started doing the show at 32. If they’re the old guys of the music industry already, what’s going to be left for them in another ten years? And what does that mean for the rest of us?

When we’re growing up we can’t wait for that next milestone because we’re constantly hearing that we’re still “to young” to do anything. As we enter young adulthood, it’s the same. You need more experience; give it some time; don’t be in such a rush; you have your whole life ahead of you. Then all of a sudden you’re overqualified; your body can’t keep up anymore; your kids show you how to use your iPhone; you already need funny little glasses to read. I’m fearing that at 39 I’m past my peak, and I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up! It makes me think of avocados; when you buy them and get them home, they’re not ready, not ready, not ready, not ready, not ready and then, oops, too late. How did I miss the guacamole window???

Let me know if you ever feel this way too. I’m off to find something fabulous to read, if I can just find those little glasses…

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