“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.