Pretty personal question eh? Course i could move a few words around and it becomes less so; What do you drive? But really, who cares how you get from point A to point B? Seriously, i don’t mean to minimize the whole “boys and their toys” deal, but life should be deeper than that.
Nope, i’m talking about what gets your juices flowing? What makes you excited and thrilled to be alive? What turns your crank? Puts the siz in your sizzle? Come on now, you must be getting the picture. There’s got to be more driving the bus than just crawling out of bed every day and just doing it cause it’s there.
Sometimes i find retirement leaves us a little less (huh?). Hold on, let me explain: For many, work defined/defines us. It shouldn’t, but all too often it does. We get caught up in that frenzy and forget there is a whole other other out there. Mind you this is coming from someone who struggles with the term “balance.”
Lest i loose you completely, let me just say i found it easy to retire and leave it all behind. Having spent the past near on nine years, away from the craziness of work, i transitioned without much challenge. Playing became a way of life and while i always had stuff going on, i was free to walk about the cabin, no seat-belts needed.
Since joining the RCSC board, i have come to find myself somewhat reinvigorated. Nope, not a “missing work” thing, but just kind of excited about the prospects to grow, learn and give back. All too often as we age we forget we are still capable of picking up things that help us be better, do better.
Case in point: Twice this week i received emails from residents who wanted to share their opinions. Some good, some less than. As is my type, rather than chat on the phone i wanted to talk face to face. In the first situation, we didn’t see eye to eye. He invited me to his house and so i stopped by. We had a great time and spent a hour plus talking about Sun City and life in general.
The second is happening this morning: i am going to a residents house for coffee and hear some ideas he has long held. His excitement level is near the ten level and what’s cool is, listening to him gets mine in that same range. Seriously, i love people who feel their emotions and are able to articulate them. Agreeing is secondary (if that).
The point here is; both these guys are in their 80’s. Both are opinionated and both wanted someone to listen to their thoughts. That’s the perfect storm for me; i learned long ago listening was 85% of good communications skills. Besides, i love having the discussion with folks who love Sun City and care enough to want to share their thoughts.
Best of all, no matter the outcome, this is a win/win. I know from both guys this is the kind of stuff that gets their juices flowing and if you haven’t figured it out yet…it does for me as well. While others ponder the state of the nation, the fate of the world and all things Oscar related, i elect to live a much less stressful, more fulfilling Sun City simplicity. Nice.