TAYLOR’S TIPS for a more productive you…
Married No Kids to Married With Kids
Work to Retirement
Retirement to Pursuit of Passion
What are those and why should we care about them?
I consider them stages of life (you might skip a stage or two), and lately I’ve been thinking about the transitions that happen between those stages. About the mayhem/confusion/disruption, and joy/gladness/euphoria, that occurs when we go from one to another.
Take single to married. OMG talk about a BIG change! Having kids? Another HUGE change in lifestyle. Stepping out of working every day and into retirement? What about the ENORMOUS amount of time you now have? And the one I like the best: retirement to pursuit of passion. COLOSSAL opportunities for you to do what your heart desires.
Ahem…right? Opportunities to do what your heart desires? Really? But wait. What happens if you retire and your health isn’t the greatest, but you waited to visit the Grand Canyon or take that cruise to Alaska, or even climb Mount Everest. What happens if you retire and you don’t have the energy to get up at 5 a.m. to photograph the sunrise or set up an easel and paint the landscapes and portraits you see in your mind’s eye. What happens if you retire later in life because you needed or wanted to work a little longer, and now you need more sleep, or have to take more vitamins and pills, and you lack the desire to follow your dream that had been floating in your mind for 50+ years.
I say pursue your passion now. Why put it off. Shoe-horn it into your schedule. Today. Next week. Next month. Next year. Wouldn’t it be great, at age 65 or 70, to have your passion deeply ingrained in your habits and pursuits? It’s not a new paint brush you pick up the day you put down the office keys; it’s not the novel you begin to write after working 40 or 50 hours a week for years; it’s not the vacation pamphlets you gather and trips you plan after raising the kids and being there for the grandkids.
You do it now. When you’re young, vibrant, alive, energized, enthused, and excited. Admit it: you fit in other things, like the gym, shopping, mani-pedi’s, lunch with friends, nights out. Why not fit in what you really want to do?
B.J.& Charlie Bear
Life is Good! Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Day Weekend