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Trying to figure out navigating into our senior years. Just like any other phase in life, it’s nice to have friends along the way to help. Tonight we had two longtime friends laughing at some of the discoveries of aging and talked about future challenges. It’s always a bit of the unknown even though we watch our parents and older friends age.

Each stage of life has its own hurdles but as always it’s your outlook that determines a lot of how it’s going to go. I think a lot about future hurdles and how I might adapt or have to change. And that is one of the keys, being able to adapt.

Interesting style. Photo by Mike Hartley

I’ve changed course several times now in the last decade and I’ll probably continue to make course adjustments as new information and thoughts come in. One of those thoughts this evening was retiring earlier than planned. One that I don’t give much thought to because I’m always erroring on the side of caution and that is kind of like throwing caution to the wind.

Not normally my style but that ringing phrase in my ear of there is no guarantee of the expiration date. Has to be given some serious consideration. I’ve made a few wrong moves in my lifetime and I don’t like kicking myself in the ass. And working too long might be the most painful kick in the ass I could imagine if time were shorter than I would hope for.

If there is someone on their deathbed who ever uttered the words I wish I could have lived another day working hard for someone else to make them rich, I’m unaware of these spoken words. So now our friends have planted that seed, both being recently retired and very close and in one case our age. It’s a huge life decision.

One thing about it doesn’t scare me at all. I don’t know any retired people that are unhappy about it.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Thanks to one of my best friends I was able to attend a Maryland basketball game today and an excellent time was had.
  • I almost didn’t meet my deadline today.
  • 3 Brothers makes a mean cheesesteak.
  • Remembering an old friend passing a year ago who inspired me to live each day to its fullest.

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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