NOTE: Retirement can be a lot of things. For me, at this moment in my life, it’s largely enjoyable and even downright fun. There’s nothing negative except the wear and tear that all things old normally brings. Nothing else. And this blog is an attempt to comment on that nothing, and that something, that exists in retirement.
Yesterday was the perfect trifecta: the first day of the week and the first day of the month and the first day of the year.
And if you’re old enough to be retired, then you’ve been through a lot of first days, including first days of many new years.
And when the new year begins there is often the thought of resolutions. But resolutions are for tomorrow’s post.
Today’s post is about wishes.
In 2011 the author Neil Gaiman (“American Gods” is my favorite of his books) wrote a wish for the new year. He said:
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.”
As retired people who are finished with the work we used to do everyday; finished with the ambition we had when we were in our 20’s, and finished with so many of the goals we have so happily achieved, I think Neil’s wish is a calling. Read his quote again.
Yes, we do still need to do new things we’ve never done before, do still need to create new dreams, and do still need to change the little corners of the world we inhabit. In short…we do still need to Do Something.
And we need to make certain it is something that pushes us and energizes us. As someone once said to me: “We’re retired, not dead.”
Live new dreams.