Randy, Thanks so much for your comments. You identify one of our biggest challenges in a society that assumes that retirement- retirement age- anything after the age of 62 is downhill. I beg to differ. What I keep finding is that those people who work to keep themselves engaged, fit (in all ways) and focused continue to live extraordinary lives. In fact, from sixty on, we have a responsibility to give back. That’s when we have garnered so much more wisdom, perspective and world-wise viewpoints, or at least one hopes so. This is the very time that our adolescent-obsessed society has decided we don’t got nuthin’ to offer anymore.
So many VERY good people take the time they have left and simply refocus. How we fill that time is up to us. Without something to work for, life becomes…..meaningless. There’s a great line in the movie Seabiscuit where the trainer claims that “You don’t throw a whole life away just ’cause it’s a little banged up.” Damn right. In fact, being banged up is what gave us our wisdom. It’s only AFTER we’ve been through a great deal that we ourselves have anything to offer.
You- and I- and all of us of a Certain Age have a responsibility. We are given a body, a life, and potential. Once we’ve gotten to a certain point in life, what we have to offer becomes that much more valuable. Our job is to find out where we’re most needed. Sure, your feral kittens need you. But my guess, Randy, is that out there not far from you is an entire community of kids, or adults, or animals, or all three who need you very, very much. There’s nothing more wondrous than finding that community and hoving to up to our elbows, and discovering what we came here for. Sometimes- and it is unique to each of us- we don’t even really discover our gifts until after we get off the treadmill. The time we have offers permission to discover latent gifts, abilities, and motivation. All we need to do is keep asking the question: Where do I want to go today? Whose lives do I want to move, impact, improve?
Oh the places we can go.