Managing Change


“Life is what happens when you are making other plans”

I remember taking some business courses on change management strategy a few years ago. At the time I thought that the classes were interesting and somewhat useful – now I don’t know how I would survive without them.

To be clear, I am not talking about business, I am talking about all of the changes that are going on in my personal life as a result of the sudden changes in my business life. It is very hard for me to believe that a mere year and a half ago there was no Olderhood, no blog, no Facebook, no podcasting, no YouTube, and no television show.

How did all of this happen?

I can vividly recall when my biggest dilemma was how to get the laundry done and now I am juggling, writing, blog postings, strategy sessions, production meetings, and filming video segments to the point that I am lucky if I can even find my socks!

Through it all, I have been challenged to remain calm and centered and focused; I did not expect any of this to materialize at this point in my life. I was pretty settled in my little garden and actually looking forward to some quiet sunny days, and the next thing I knew we had 10,000 followers on Facebook.

Today that number has leaped to 45,000 and I am starting to have an inkling of what the expression “the more things change the more they stay the same” really means.

For me it means, the more that I am willing to let go of my old ideas and my old ways, and my old rigid routine the more happy and content I can be in a state of change. The work is piling up and I have no idea where all of this is headed, but the vegetables are planted and I am looking forward to seeing what sort of a crop materializes. Yes the garden hose has a small leak, but I can fix that, and I still can’t find my favorite fuzzy socks, but they will turn up.

In the mean time I am quite honoured to be permitted to help bring thoughts, ideas, information and strategies for enjoying the second half of your life to everyone. The notion that I am writing about and interviewing people about retirement when I am still years from the finish line myself is a little ironic, but it encourages me to know that the next fifteen years or so are bound to be one “heck of a ride”.

Thank you for following along and helping to make this all possible.



One response to “Managing Change

  1. WHAT !! How can you possibley know what it is to be 65 plus, if you are not there. Thank you for your article though…..

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