KEW Episode 27: The NEW American Dream

Many of us bought into the dream of the previous generation; our parents, family, teachers, and other adults in our young lives. We were taught to follow the linear path of good grades -> good college -> good job -> good retirement -> successful life. Then we hit some point in or 30s, 40s, maybe 50s where we question what the hell we got ourselves into.

That was a great idea for the post WW2 generation who lived through truly sucky times. And many of those folks followed that dream, got a fat pension, retired at 55, and lived a little before settling down into old age. 

I’m not so sure that works any more, and probably hasn’t worked very well for quite awhile.

I often say that ‘retirement is wasted on the old’ because a lot of us nowadays feel like we have to work into our late 60s or maybe forever to continue to make ends meet. Pensions went away and were replaced by 401ks that sometimes work but sometimes don’t. Health care costs went up, especially for the older folks. We live longer and are pressured into more expensive lifestyles during middle age and just can’t, or don’t, save as much.

Anyway, here’s my take on the great American midlife pivot where we re-define our dreams and try like hell to change course midstream and make it happen.

Podcast available from your favorite app or download here: https://pdcn.co/e/https://chtbl.com/track/CGDA9D/www.buzzsprout.com/530563/6097018-kew-episode-27-the-new-american-dream.mp3?blob_id=25277245&download=true

Youtube video on my KEW channel here: https://youtu.be/sqcq6ZtGi0s

Preview KEW Episode 27: The NEW American Dream

Many of us bought into the dream of the previous generation; our parents, family, teachers, and other adults in our young lives. We were taught to follow the linear path of good grades -> good college -> good job -> good retirement -> successful life. Then we hit some point in or 30s, 40s, maybe 50s where we question what the hell we got ourselves into.

That was a great idea for the post WW2 generation who lived through truly sucky times. And many of those folks followed that dream, got a fat pension, retired at 55, and lived a little before settling down into old age.

I’m not so sure that works any more, and probably hasn’t worked very well for quite awhile.

I often say that ‘retirement is wasted on the old’ because a lot of us nowadays feel like we have to work into our late 60s or maybe forever to continue to make ends meet. Pensions went away and were replaced by 401ks that sometimes work but sometimes don’t. Health care costs went up, especially for the older folks. We live longer and are pressured into more expensive lifestyles during middle age and just can’t, or don’t, save as much.

Anyway, here’s my take on the great American midlife pivot where we re-define our dreams and try like hell to change course midstream and make it happen.

Full Episode right here this Friday.

Preview video on facebook and instagram: https://fb.watch/1otp86YGny/

FLASHBACK! KEW Episode 7: Maleness

I object to many stereotypes regarding masculinity. Here I share a few observations about being male and how men have ‘gotten away with’ way too much over the past 10,000 years. I also, gently, call out the enablers who have allowed some of this misbehavior. But mostly this is an effort to call out the masculine BS and help welcome in a ‘new maleness’ that embraces the feminine/masculine dichotomy but releases some outdated handicaps.

Link to full episodes:

Podcast: https://pdcn.co/e/https://chtbl.com/track/CGDA9D/www.buzzsprout.com/530563/3920726-kew-episode-7-maleness.mp3?blob_id=14901335&download=true

Youtube: https://youtu.be/_eA_Eq8f_gU

KEW Episode 26: Habits – Why are they so hard to break?

Seriously. WTF? Habits are really hard to change. Trying to exercise? Eat better? Cleaning up your potty mouth? It ain’t easy. And the crazy thing is, as hard as habits are to change it seems like picking up bad habits is easy. Changing habits is hard stuff. And I’m not just talking about physical addictions or bad habits. Besides just habitual behavior we also have emotional and intellectual habits that could use some modification. I overthink to the point of anxiety – I’d like to change that habit! I have an addiction to nicotine – that one needs to go. I habitually prioritize my family’s needs over my own – this one is HUGE, and I STRUGGLE to even modify it a little. In this episode I’ll discuss my own issues and demonstrate how the struggle to change habits is universal. I don’t have much advice to offer, except that changing habits is probably a slow process that will require some effort – there’s no magic bullet.

Podcast audio link: https://pdcn.co/e/https://chtbl.com/track/CGDA9D/www.buzzsprout.com/530563/6002707-kew-episode-26-habits-why-are-they-so-hard-to-change.mp3?blob_id=24828703&download=true

or subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc.

Youtube video link: https://youtu.be/I68-MyLEcbI

Preview KEW Episode 26: Habits – Why are They So Hard to Break?

Changing habits is hard stuff. And I’m not just talking about physical addictions or bad habits. Besides just habitual behavior we also have emotional and intellectual habits that could use some modification.

I overthink to the point of anxiety – I’d like to change that habit!

I have an addiction to nicotine – that one needs to go.

I habitually prioritize my family’s needs over my own – this one is HUGE, and I STRUGGLE to even modify it a little.

In this episode I’ll discuss my own issues and demonstrate how the struggle to change habits is universal.

Preview video here: https://fb.watch/1gi50LQXWe/

Full episode this Friday

FLASHBACK! to KEW Episode 6: Competition

Often I think competition brings out the worst in people. In ecology, natural selection can be thought of as a solution to competition and the problems it creates. In fact, competition is the mechanism that, when avoided, leads to speciation and biodiversity.

In sports and economics competition is often viewed as fun or even critical. Here I argue that competition is important, but can be taken too far; to the point where it can negatively affect us as individuals and as a society.

Link to preview video: https://youtu.be/bftCj3AfB4Q

Link to Full episode release page: https://chrisburcher.com/2020/05/29/kew-episode-6-competition/

KEW Episode 25: I Suck At. . .

I suck at a bunch of things. This video is about how we can have very high ranking values (e.g., be a good spouse, parent, sibling, child) that we often don’t live up to. I just wanted to share some of my important values that I struggle to meet. I think we all beat ourselves up too much and often fail to recognize our achievements, and just wanted to call that out. I also get a little tired of people talking about how easy personal growth is and how they have achieved so highly. I think sharing about our shortcomings can also be helpful. In the end, I don’t think our ‘suckage’ is nearly as bad as we think. Those of us who strive for personal growth can get bogged down and frustrated by our failures, and hopefully calling my failures to your attention will help us all treat ourselves a little better.

Podcast audio download: https://pdcn.co/e/https://chtbl.com/track/CGDA9D/www.buzzsprout.com/530563/5907211-kew-episode-25-i-suck-at.mp3?blob_id=24370177&download=true

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Youtube video: https://youtu.be/_6YcdhJBEvI

KEW Preview Episode 25: I Suck At . . .

I suck at getting my needs met and balancing my relationships. I’m telling you this in hopes that you can relate and to be held accountable. In this episode I’ll revise my personal values and share my shortcomings with respect to achieving my life goals.

Preview video link: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=639647503359190

Full Episode this Friday

Flashback to Episode 5: Marketing and Solicitation

I despise aggressive marketing aimed at taking advantage of consumers. But it is necessary to share ideas through some sort of advertising. Here I discuss what I know about these words and how some can be evil.

Preview video here:

Preview video here: https://business.facebook.com/kpluseiswise/videos/680457336008969/

Full Episodes here: https://chrisburcher.com/2020/05/22/episode-5-marketing-and-solicitation/

KEW Episode 24: Religion

I grew up in a house without Religion. My parents never went to church and my only experiences with church or religion was attending weddings and funerals. As I grew older I sought a spiritual connection, maybe because I didn’t have religion in my life – I don’t know.

I found spirituality in philosophy and ecology. I also grew to appreciate native spirituality from cultures that pre-date christianity.

In short, I’ve pieced together my ‘religion’ or ‘spirituality’ essentially on my own.

Here I share my journey and where I am currently with respect to my personal spirituality and my views on religion in general.

Podcast direct link here: https://pdcn.co/e/https://chtbl.com/track/CGDA9D/www.buzzsprout.com/530563/5791270-kew-episode-24-religion.mp3?blob_id=23819131&download=true or download from Stitcher, Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcasts, etc.

Youtube video link here: https://youtu.be/Rh7eFe77s3c