A long time ago I asked a friend to give me some advice as I headed out into the world on my own for the first time. His response was: “You will know you are really starting to get somewhere when you find out just how much you don’t know”. It took me the better part of twenty years hard work to realize that that I don’t know an awful lot!
There are not many things that I can say with certainty; but a here are a few of the things that I am sure of:
- I never planned to grow old but it might be happening anyway
- I never planned to be a student of ancient wisdom but it found me just the same
- I have no idea what the next forty years of my life will be like but I am determined to make the most of them
- Chance really does favour the prepared – to grab an opportunity I must be ready to seize it
- I am responsible for the state of my health — It only makes sense to eat healthy food
- With your help I can learn anything
- We all live in the world we create for ourselves (sorry no exceptions to this one)
I have had a very eclectic career thus far and aside from being a quasi-business analyst who loves solving really big problems, I am a self-taught writer who has published a novel and two history books. I also have been known to paint and have had solo shows in both Canada and Bermuda.
As I am the youngster on the Olderhood team, I am not going to write a weekly piece on what I am doing in my retirement. Instead, I will offer summaries of the many inspirational things that I am researching and learning and invite you to share your knowledge as well.
As Editor of Olderhood.com I will provide a forum for the dissemination of information relating to the enjoyment of life. At Olderhood we are interested in making the most of our retirement years and together we will learn how to create and maintain a positive and vital personal environment. I hope you enjoy the trip and remember “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work”. Thomas Edison