This is Part 3 of the Then and Now posts for my 60 to 40 posts. As noted in the previous two posts, a lot has changed in 40 years. That includes our two lives as a married couple. As with any marriage, we have had our own roller coaster ride. Each marriage has its ups and downs. But, we have come through because we really care about each other and have made give and take a key part of our lives.
With that in mind, there are many outside influences that can impact a relationship and one’s lives. And this has been the case for many of us in the past 40 years. We have lived through a number of national and worldwide crises, terrorist events, massive social changes and more. Following are some of the big events that have shaped the world we live in and, in some way, shape or form, impacted the way we live our lives.
Since we were married in 1979, we have seen seven Presidents in office including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald J. Trump. What a ride that has been!
We have heard of dozens of terrorist attacks in the world, from the kidnapping of Americans in Tehran, to the horrific devastation of the 9/11 attacks in 2001 and many more since. For us, life goes on. Gratefully, none of these attacks has a direct impact on our lives, but the indirect impact has been immeasurable.
In our 40 years we have seen the renewable energy industry grow by leaps and bounds around the country. This is a wonderful thing for the world.
Crisis after crisis, Julianne and I have been blessed to weather the storms in many ways. Sadly, some of the crises did cause unplanned job losses for us. But, we worked with resilience and have come back on a couple of occasions. Job loss is not easy. It takes a toll on you emotionally. But, Julianne and I have created multiple skillsets over the past 40 years and so we were able to move on to other areas of employment and survive these crises.
Both Julianne and I grew up in the 1960s when the Vietnam War had been a driving force for Social Change. We also experienced the effects of racism and sexism. Since the 1970s, there has been much in social change. Not only have we seen a return of race-related protest and violence in our country, but also protests for women’s rights and the evolution and normalization of rights for the LGTBQ (Lesbian, Gay, Trans, Bi and Queer) groups. Fights over gun rights, employment rights, the rights of gays and lesbians to marry…all of these have had major impacts on how society and the work place function. Diversity rules in schools and places of employment have led to more difficulty in employment. In fact, all of the brouhaha surrounding all of the social change was likely a contributing factor to Donald Trump winning the Presidential Election in 2016. So far, Julianne and I have weathered these storms as well. Commitment to our own values and commitment to each other has really helped us through this.