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What do I want to be

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Well in my early 60’s it might be a little late to say to myself “what do I want to be” but really its kind of a good question for myself at this stage of life. Actually, it’s a good question to ask yourself throughout life because life and times change drastically.

I’m probably in the last 5-10 years of my newspaper career if I’m lucky. And by that I mean I hope that my job is still there as things change and that I’m healthy enough. Both of which at this point seem in good shape. But life changes fast so its always good to be nimble.

I’m impatiently waiting for spring.
Photo by Mike Hartley

A while back I was thinking I wanted to be in business again for myself. That seems less important now and far less attractive. I want to do those same things I thought I might be able to parlay into a little cash in the future but nope. I want to do those things to make people and myself happy.

I’d like to spend more of my time doing for my family and friends and also in the service of others. Yes money is important and needed to live on. But if I need money I’ll do something else for work. I want my writing, arts and photography to be what I want to do and how I want to do it and when I want to do it. Once its for someone else I lose that control.

And at this stage of my life I like being more in control than others, especially in the things I really enjoy. And to do those professionally I would have to sacrifice control.

What I want is to enjoy time with my better half. I want to be a great grandfather and help my children out. I want to spend more time doing some fun things with my friends. I want to get into good shape again. I want to relax. I want to pursue my arts. And none of these things are really compatible with running a business.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I once worked in an ice cream factory. Very cool job.
  • Turning around a bad attitude is fun. Even better when it’s my own.
  • I love the smell of Sunday dinner.
  • Things are what you make of them.
  • I just realized it’s National Pizza Day. I’ll make up for it and get one for lunch tomorrow.
  • I spoke to both my children this weekend. Feeling recharged.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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