When you're born you're the star, the main character, the hero of your life. As you grow older and interact with others you find that your mother, father, and friends are supporting characters and co-stars. One day you will come to realize that you are a cast member in the unscripted Documentary, Rom-Com, Comedy, Scifi, Horror, Fantasy, Drama film/story we call life.
In the office, you may be a member of an improv group called "The Monday - Friday Players", or "The 8 Hour Jokers" or even "The 40 Hour Work Weekers". On the street or on the bus you're just an extra. When you get home you may be recast as co-star to the people that you live with. If you have kids you may find at times you have moved from being a supporting character to someone behind the scene as a producer, director or even a manager.
As you get into your 40's and 50's you will find that your appearances start to drop from co-starring to drop-in guest in holiday specials. In your 60's and up you just become a background character like "Old Man Smith", the old grumpy guy, that lives on your street that no one talks to. He just makes faces and yells at the neighborhood kids to stay off his lawn. And even those appearances will start to fade after time.
Remember when I said that you are the star of your own story? Well, you still are, even if you believe that your story is no longer relevant. You may find that it is time for you to reboot your story, reboot your life. Write a new chapter, retell your origin and go out and become relevant again. Without the lens flare, J.J., without the lens flare. Allways Remember Obi-Wan, Gandalf, and Dumbledore that without them Skywalker, Bilbo, and Potter would all be dead.
Yes, I know that Obi-Wan, Gandalf, and Dumbledore died, but the point is that they were intricate to the story. They were not sitting at home waiting for the story to come to them. They went looking for it.
This year for my 55th birthday, I have chosen to reboot myself. What will you do for yours?