Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Like a Kid in a Playground

Every now and then I like to take a good look at my life to see where I have been, where I am, and where I am going. I am now working on month 26 of my retirement from a 35 year career in the trucking industry. It has not been easy for me to get used to being at home almost every night, sleeping in the same, big bed, going to bed when I want, getting up when I want, eating and drinking when and what I want. No, it has not been easy. But, it has been fun.

However, I must say that I have stayed just as busy in retirement as I was as a truck driver. And, believe me, I was busy. So busy, that it forced be into retirement with exhaustion. But, that is behind me now. Except for the fact that I have had a quadruple bypass heart surgery, and suffer from sleep apnea and a few other less taxing ailments I am feeling better almost everyday than I did for my last 25 years on the road. One problem that I do not seem to be able to overcome is expanding the capacity of my lungs. Yeah, cigarettes. But, I keep walking almost every day, and I occasionally do other exercises. And, I stay very busy for about 14 hours every day.

Since my retirement I have been trying to build new professions using my photography and music. Most people might say that the time I spend on the computer is a waste of time. And, sometimes I wonder about it myself. But, I post a lot of photography on the web. And, I post to several blogs, several web sites, several forums, several Facebook pages and profiles, and a Google+ site. Yes, much of my work is on networking sites. But, it is getting attention for my photography work, and for my music. I have made some money with my photography, but I cannot yet say that I can rely on it for my income. But, I am getting better with the camera, and better with Photoshop. And, it is getting noticed on the web. I write songs, and I am beginning to surprise myself with how far I have come with my guitar abilities. And, I am having fun.

And, for the first time in my life I am confident and happy that everything that I am doing in retirement is leading me to where I am supposed to be. I am happy, like a kid in a playground.

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