Just a few days ago, I was told that I no longer met the unlisted qualifications for the 32 hour-a-week job which was now being reduced to 20 hours a week. Let’s see…12 fewer hours…to somehow do the same work my colleagues and I needed 32 hours to complete…which would require additional unlisted skills.
I’ll probably need my first couple of months just to figure that one out.
But it means that I’ll soon return to full retirement…
rather than the ‘retirement weekends’ I was taking.
And so I plan to redouble my efforts to reach folks who are/will be retired and who want to explore their own inclinations to write, paint, build, photograph, sculpt, design, wander, and find novelty in their daily lives.
This will include repeated reminders to ‘try new’. It is so easy to fall into routines that rob us of seeing opportunities to shake things up. Let’s face it–we’re at the stage where we should take nothing for granted, so if you have a chance to even try a spicy ketchup, a new walking route, or a different entree at Applebee’s [I’m making our lives sound pretty darned exciting, aren’t I?], then you should.
My friend from NY sent me a quick email telling me a classmate of ours from junior high had passed away…a year ago.
M was always a pretty happy-go-lucky guy and he was the same way as we went facemark-to-facemask in a junior college football game in 1972. And the same way as he served customers at his dad’s fish market and at the restaurant he started in the 80’s.
While I hadn’t seen him for decades, his passing hit me a little harder.
Maybe each succeeding loss of a contemporary does that now…but it was yet another reminder, a tug at my insides, with the familiar message…”What in God’s name are you waiting for? Get out there and make stuff!”
Yeah…it doesn’t have to be good—especially at first. It has to be done, so you have something to build on, a reference point.
And let’s all assume we’re not going to live forever, so it’s time to build some creative momentum.
It doesn’t have to be a leap. Even a step will do. But let’s aim together to be in a different place than we were the day before.