Four Things You Can Do If You Are Starting to Feel Irrelevant

A common fear many have as we age.

Krista Bennett


Photo by LOGAN WEAVER | @LGNWVR on Unsplash

The realization that one day we will be replaced by the younger generation in the workplace and our families can weigh heavy on our minds.

There was a time when our children thought we knew everything. I remember their transition from thinking I knew everything when they were little to me not knowing anything in their teens.

My advice was poo-pooed because I didn’t understand.

The fear of becoming irrelevant can stem from a variety of factors. The changing dynamics within the family, roles, and responsibilities shifts, and our personal insecurities.

This is especially true if you’ve been the matriarch or patriarch in a family or a leader at work or in the community. If you were the person people came to for advice, assistance, or guidance—the person people liked to sit with and discuss ideas, future plans, and current problems.

Feelings of irrelevancy weren’t progressive for me. It was a hard slap in the face when I realized my kids are grown, don’t need me like they used to, and have opinions that don’t always align with mine.

This can catch you by surprise when you feel your purpose slipping away.