PRIME TIME

The prime time or peak time is the block of broadcast programming taking place during the middle of the evening for television programming. It is used by the major television networks to broadcast their season’s nightly programming.

Primetime television refers to the block of time when audience viewership peaks for programming during a defined period of time. In the United States, it is traditionally 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time in the evening, when most people are home from work and catching up with the news or their favorite shows.

In most Asian and Middle East countries, prime time consists of the programmes that are aired on TV between 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. local time. In India, prime time occurs between 19:00 and 22:00. Usually, programmes during prime time are domestic dramas, talent shows and reality shows.

Aging can be seen as unsettling and the prospect of retirement seem a scary aspect of life. Yet it doesn’t have to be so, for a wealth of scientific studies have found that youth isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. There are plenty of cases in which human beings peak well into middle and old age.

Teenagers, for instance, may have vitality on their side, but older people are generally more psychologically stable. And so it goes with several phenomena people experience as they age.

Here are some benefits across the spectrum of older years:

1. Your understanding of other people’s emotions peaks in your 40s and 50s. Scientists found a long plateau in people’s 40s and 50s when the ability to correctly identify emotions based only on the eyes was strongest.

2. Arithmetic skills peak at 50 Sure, you learned your times tables in elementary school — but it turns out 50-year-olds are best at answering arithmetic questions on the fly.

3. Life satisfaction peaks again at 69. After a dip in middle age, life satisfaction peaked again at about 69 years old. Even more intriguing, people over 60 had better life satisfaction than people 55 and up predicted they would feel five years down the line.

4. Vocabulary peaks in your late 60s or early 70s. It turns out people’s scores on multiple-choice vocabulary tests keep climbing into their late 60s and early 70s. And you don’t need to sit around reading the dictionary all day to make it happen.

5. Men and women feel best about their bodies after 70. In a Gallup survey, two-thirds of Americans over 65 said they always like the way they look. Men’s self-perception appears to peak in their early 80s, while women’s rates is a little below 70% when they hit about 74 years old.

6. People really do get wiser as they get older. It turns out life really is the best classroom. A team of psychologists and scientists analyzed and found found that the oldest group they studied — people who were between 60 and 90 — did better than other ages on almost every count.

7. Psychological well-being peaks at about 82. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, scientists asked people to picture a 10-step ladder, with the best possible life on the top rung and the worst possible life on the bottom rung. The oldest group they studied (82- to 85-year-olds) gave the highest average rung number, about 7.

Most people dread the word retirement since it is an inevitable end to an active and often fruitful career. It is a setback for those whose identies are wrapped up in their work position or career rewards. It is a nightmare for those who income is totally contingent or dependent on their salary.

Retirement blues, post-retirement depression, etc are real for many, especially for those who haven’t built up the resources needed for this season of life and the strategies contingent to it.

Those who have spread themselves out a little more into social work or community service or hobby habits will only relish the opportunity and freedom to fully indulge and involve in them more than before.

Retirement actually gives more time for other activities such as community work, social involvement, charitable trusts, travel, learning new skills or even studying. Many make use of this time to enhance their overall know-how and personal improvement and grooming.

For sure, your health may not be at its peak and your vitality may have diminished. You may have to slow down and develop a more focused lifestyle for sustainability. Yet, without the trappings of hectic schedule, there is ample opportunity to expand, explore and experiment things, which you couldn’t due to commitments.

For many this may their best season of life as they pick up their laid-aside interests, oft-forgotten hobbies and longed-for aspirations. They are able to innovate without the burden and stress of failure. Free of a hectic schedule, they find time to travel, discover and renew relationships. Not being pressured to perform under the duress of a target can be highly rejuvenating and exhilarating. There is opportunity to impact without the fear of any repercussions or restrictions.

Thus, old age can become the prime time of life. It is a time when life is not being quantified and evaluated in terms of dollars and pounds, but in terms of quality and contentment of your being. It is a time to indulge in community involvement and personal growth. It is a time to relax and relish life, time to look back with thankfulness for making this far and looking forward to new endeavors.

A time to be able to sit and enjoy a sunrise, a sunset, a bird flying, a cloud passing, a flower blooming and a plant fading. A time to celebrate relationship and companionship for its a time without agenda or arrangement.

If you are a Prime Timer, you are not at the end of your age or life.

You are just beginning it!

*Input from an article in Business Insider UK. © 2016

WHERE ARE THE MEN?

A famous film music composer has released a single for a Tamil movie that is dedicated to all women. It honors a woman in all her roles as mother, sister, daughter, friend etc. It is to motivate women to accept themselves as being strong and not weak.

Women are rising up everywhere to showcase their mettle, not as a challenge to or in competition with men, but as those complementing them to complete vital goals and projects. A glance at our nation’s history will throw up a number of names where, when men either failed or did not rise up or were killed in action, the women stepped in to preserve their homes and hearths. Remember Rani Laxmi Bhai, Jhansi Rani, Chand Bibi, Razel Sultan, Rani Mangamma, Velu Nachiyar and others who took up the reins when their men fell. Besides those who fought and participated in the freedom struggle, India post-independence has seen many achievements by women.

As pioneers and path-breakers, women have broken the glass ceiling in many fields, once thought to be the bastion of men. Women leaders such as Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, Kalpana Chawla, Michelle Obama, Indra Nooyi, Hima Das and others have been and become an inspiration all around. Women-centric movies such as Superwoman, Hunger Games and women-themed TV shows such as Xena the Warrior Princess are on the rise. This shift is not taking place only in the West, but also in traditionally male-dominated societies such as many Asian cultures.

Women are being mooted as able and dependable workers in contrast to men. They can multitask and juggle well both the responsibilities of home and work. They are versatile, willing learners, less ego-centric, stay focused and go the extra mile everywhere. They are not rolling stones seeking to jump to greener pastures, but are often content to evolve and grow in one place. Investing in them thus proves to be more advantageous to firms and companies since they will stick around.

While women have been reaching for the stars and stretching to the horizon, men have sadly lagged behind in every aspect and respect. They are often bound by culture restrictions, social norms and familial traditions, seeking to live in the past. Rather than moving with the times and walking in tandem with their counterparts, they retreat to age-old practices. Often insecure, they try to compensate by domination and intimidation, especially where women may prove to be superior in intellect and work. Sexual harassment and abuse are their favorite weapons, and derogatory and snide remarks their way to demean their female counterparts.

Rather than appreciate the richness women bring and seek to upgrade through assimilating their contribution, men often tear down  or demean their input. Instead of acknowledging the worth of a woman and promoting her abilities to add value to the team, men feel threatened by a woman’s credentials, especially when it is superior to theirs. Competition is in their blood and complementing without loss to dignity and authority is a concept so foreign and alien to them. Rare it is to come across a man who finds it easy to recognize and respect the gift a woman brings and the boon she is all around!

In a time when women are surging forward to find their voice and realize their potential, men are being left far behind – emotionally, rationally and even spiritually. In India and other Asian countries women seem to have the mind-set of the 21st century and men seem to still live in the past, often evoking the double standards that existed in a patriarchal system. Religion and social ethics are usually used to confine and control the ‘weaker sex’, rather than to promote equality and equinamity. As freedom of thought and expression will cause ostracization, women often tend to clip their own wings  and chop their own legs! Whenever some die-hard rises up to challenge the system, she would be branded and tarred as rebel and outcast!

Sis Nivetha, born Margaret Elizabeth Noble of Irish descent, was told by Swami Vivekananda, pointing to the opposite bank of the Ganges: `Nivedita that is where I would like to have a convent for women. Like a bird that needs two wings to fly, India must have both educated men and educated women.” She ended up opening a school for women and thus made hai dream come true. She motivated Subramania Bharati, the well-known Tamil writer, poet, journalist, Indian independence activist and social reformer, with her bid for women.  On learning that he did not bring his wife with him to the meeting of the All India National Congress  ‘as she would not understand about great Movements like the Congress’, she flared up: “How can one half of a society win freedom when it enslaves the other half? Let the past be forgotten. Henceforth, do not think of her as something different. Hold her as your left hand and praise her in your heart as an angel.” Inspired by her words, he wrote his seminal work on the new age woman and became a champion of women’s emancipation. A true change of heart at a time when extreme conservativism was at its peak!

Now and then there does rise a gem of a man who doesn’t feel endangered by the capacity of a woman or her beneficence. He is so secure in who he is, what he is capable of and understands the value of a woman, that goes out of the way to seek women of ability to be part of his home or his team. He will be man enough to admit he is wrong when he is and will not be frazzled or rattled by the ribbing of other men. He will be one who will smooth the way for women to shine and give them a helping over thorns and hurdles strewn in their path. He will smile with pride at their achievements, be it mother, sister, wife, daughter or team mate and make opportunities for them to flower and excel. Submission to such a man would be a delight to any woman and serving under such a man would be an honor to any woman. Rare is the man who will truly be a man and happy are the women who have such a treasure in their midst!

If ever there was one who was such in this world, it is none other than Jesus Christ Himself. Born as a man and living as a man, He is the true author of emancipation of the weak and downtrodden, especially women. He had women in his team who ministered to his needs and brought the element of care to his group, without which his work would have been incomplete. He defended them and stood up for them, wiping away their tears and their pain. He did away with their social stigma by entrusting them with major tasks and his disciples followed suit, not feeling challenged by women. In his eyes, women had the same worth as men and his role definition for them was never born out of meanness or spite, but of care for their protection and preservation.

Happy is the man who would emulate him and seek to be his true follower by imitating his example!

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NO BARRIER

https://rochellewisofffields.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/j-hardy-boxing-gym.jpegMary, does your father know what you are doing?

No Nungshibee.

Why not? Surely he would be happy that you will be appearing in the State level competition!

No, he won’t. You know what is the goal of our parents!

You mean marriage? Yes, I do.

If my face gets damaged I won’t be good bride material. He will have to give big dowry!

Yeah. Why we can’t follow our dreams and ambitions.

They don’t want to be the ridicule of others who will condemn them for not getting us married.

Win the State title, Mary. Set us free please!

*In India a woman is expected to marry and settle down. The father of the bride has to shell out a lot of money for the wedding and other expenses. So the goal of many Indian parents is to just enough education to get a good proposal and then marry them off. This is the story of one of the most courageous women in India, who just didn’t overcome one odd but many odds to prove her mettle. She is an inspiration to many in India. She is Mary Kom Boxer See the source imageChungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte, better known as Mary Kom, is an Indian Olympic boxer hailing from the Kom tribe in Manipur. She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. Nicknamed “Magnificent Mary”, she is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight category and winning the bronze medal. She has also been ranked as No. 4 AIBA World Women’s Ranking Flyweight category. She became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. A biopic has been made on her.

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*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc., expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s photo prompt ©J Hardy Carroll

 

BY BREAD ALONE

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Abby, stop sulking. Come along.
You said it would be fine, Leah. Its not!
Of course it is. I love all this walking!
Are you kidding me? We were safe inside. You said it's better outside!
You were the one cribbing and couldn't wait to get out!
I didn't know what we won't have! What we would go through!
Just wait. It will get better, don't worry. At least no one is watching us constantly!
I liked that at first, but now I am tired. Of wandering!
I love it all, our freedom!
I miss it all, especially the bread!
*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc., expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s beautiful photo prompt © Kelvin M. Knight
 

 

FERRY TO FREEDOM

The ferry loomed before them, just across the huge gantry-type barricade, their transport to all they hoped to have. They just needed to cross the border customs check and they would be safe.

They waited in queue, watching the officials check the car ahead. With every passing minute, their trepidation mounted. They had waited a long time for this and saved every penny for life ahead.

The officials waved the car on and paused to confer, a brief respite in their busy work stream.

They beckoned to them, eyeing them making their way down the wet road.

“Your passports, please.”