Thinking of a second career and wondering what to do?

Tigers at the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi, Thailand - 26 May 2013Consider trusting your instincts. The perfect activity for the second half of your life is out there – in fact you probably already know what it is. But, if you are like most of us, it just seems too risky, or crazy, or too hard to start and so you keep rejecting it and looking for something easier. After all, we’ve put in our time, we are supposed to sit back and just put our feet up aren’t we?

Consider this – there is a temple in western Thailand known as Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua which was founded in 1994 as a sanctuary for wild animals particularly tigers. These monks hand rear juvenile tigers and devote their lives to providing them with a tranquil existence. This symbiotic relationship is as beneficial to the tigers as it is to the monks as both are learning to put their fears aside and appreciate the benefits of companionship.

The fact that this is a controversial notion to some, is of no consequence to those involved. They simply live to care for the tigers and share what they experience with those who take the time to make the trip to see them.

Are you harbouring a secret yearning to work with tigers? Possibly not, but I bet there is something you really would like to do, if you could just admit it to yourself. If you took the time to answer the three questions in Friday’s post take another look at your answers and complete the following statements.

  • If it wasn’t too crazy I would _________________
  • If I wasn’t too old I would _____________________
  • If I wasn’t too afraid I would ___________________

 This article was inspired by the picture which first appeared in The Daily Mail

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