The screen door slams, Mary’s dress sways
Like a vision she dances across the porch, as the radio plays
Roy Orbison singing for the lonely
Hey that’s me and I want you only…
So you’re scared and you’re thinking that
Maybe we ain’t that young anymore
“Maybe we ain’t that young anymore.” Bruce wrote that lyric almost 40 years ago. And he was right. We’re not that young anymore. But that’s good. That’s really good.
My name is Art Gurwitz and I was born on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. I grew up a block east of the Grand Concourse. My mother was a bookkeeper and my father was an auto mechanic. Years ago I was walking down 5th Avenue in Manhattan with my mother and she asked what I intended to do for a living, not what I intended to do for a life. She didn’t think that way. No one of that generation did. I told her I was going to be a musician. I was going to play with Clapton. I’d worked the music scene night and day that year and scraped together a thousand bucks. She looked at me like I was nuts.
“You’re good at math,” she said, “You should become an accountant so you’ll always have a job.” And that’s exactly what I did. I took the safe route.
Art of Men had its origins at a dinner I had with a dozen of my friends, all over fifty, at various stages of their personal and professional lives. At the dinner a common thread emerged – everyone was unhappy with some aspect of their life, which they viewed as flying by all too quickly.
They didn’t like their jobs or they didn’t have a job. They worked too many hours. They wished they’d stuck with their original dream (music, baseball, art, teaching). They didn’t have the kind of relationship with their spouses, kids and friends they wanted. There was lot of resentment, anger and disappointment.
Despite the above there was an overwhelming positive- they wanted to do something meaningful with their lives but didn’t know how. That’s why I created Art of Men, to provide the tools necessary to make the rest of our lives fulfilling.
Winston Churchill said, “You make a living by what you make. You make a life by what you give.” We made our living. Now let’s make our lives. I hope you’ll join Art of Men and see how much good you can do in this world.
Founder, Art of Men