Many of us retire from the workforce to enjoy our "golden years." How golden are those years? It depends on who you talk to. I recently took a part-time consulting job to help fill an important void many of us face —comradery! During my first week or so I felt different about myself. I felt as if I had purpose again and my inner core was satisfied.
While we are working, many of us come into contact with people on any given day. Some of us interact with several to perhaps dozens of people, some just a few—maybe only the boss. Never-the-less, we at least sustain some human contact. When we retire, we lose that interaction (except for our significant other perhaps), and that loss of human contact begins to manifest itself in our meager daily activities. Some of us begin to lose our communication skills, others our basic thought processes that used to be sharp and honed to a fine edge.
For the retirees that have a lot of leisure activities on their plate, I say congratulations on finally having all the time you want to spend enjoying those enjoyable endeavors. But for those of us who still have an inner desire to be productive as well as enjoy the comradery of those we work with, I recommend looking into a part-time job. It may just be a non-prescriptive solution for those down-in-the-dumps feeling that overtakes us retirees once in a while!
A few weeks ago, my wife asked me to pick up a book for her at Barnes and Nobel. The title of the book is Being Mortal (probably a subject many of us have either written about or a least thought about in our personal life). The author is a medical doctor, Atul Gawande, who has written several books (and is a staff writer for the New Yorker).
Being Mortal is a unique look at humans as we age and suddenly find ourselves in a "frail" condition causing changes to occur in our daily lives. He offers some possible explanations for those changes through observations of people he knows personally as well as his patients. In my opinion, this is a good read for anyone no matter what your current age.
In a few of my past blogs I talked about joining writer groups to help with critiques and support information for your work in progress. Another way to get help and support is to share information via social media. So a couple of things about "blogging."
A few weeks ago I purchased a book called "Blogging For Writers" and was amazed to read comments, stories, and suggestions that motivated me to make some changes to my blog. If you use Blogger or WordPress, this reference may give you a few ideas to launch a blog, or just improve one that you may already have.
If you enjoy blogging and reading other writers thoughts on writing, you may want to look at M.Louisa Lock's blog. She is the author of the San Francisco Mystery Series. Another good blog to visit for comparison, is Elizabeth Spann Craig's.
And one last item. If you find a blog you enjoy, subscribe. That way you are notified of the newest blogs as they hit the internet.
I was watching an interesting program on the History Channel a couple of weeks ago when it dawned on me that I have lots and lots of photos I could share on my blog. The theme of the show I watched was "The Curse of Bodie," which really seems to exist. To activate the curse, all one needs to do is visit the town, then take home a keepsake (which will soon rain down bad karma until the keepsake is returned).
The town as it stands today allows us to look back into history without living under the harsh conditions endured by its earliest inhabitants.
Wouldn't it be nice if we all knew each and every aspect of good writing? Looking back at the masters, I wonder if they knew exactly what they were doing, or if perhaps they may have been making up the rules as they went along.
Today, we can delve into this cataclysm of knowledge by taking classes that can present much of the tried and true methods that work or have been tried and failed; but the real key is the drive of the writer. There are many writers driven to write the next Pulitzer Prize winning novel, but for each one of them, there are thousands if not hundreds of thousand who write just for the sake of telling a story. That story could be based on fact or pure fiction, it doesn't matter, its still a story, one that haunts the writer until he or she has satisfied that inner desire to share it with you and I.
Are you that type of person? Are you motivated by some inner desire to tell the world a story? If you are, you are in good company!
For me, photos are as enjoyable to take as they are to share.