“The word ‘adventure’ has just gotten overused. For me, adventure is when everything goes wrong—that’s when the adventure starts.”
I used to live to work. Work was my muse, my purpose, the meaning behind the stories I told about myself. I really enjoyed my profession, my colleagues, and navigating increasingly complex corporate cultures. My roles got bigger and more interesting with each move, and I was able to travel the world, meet lots of fun characters, and live a rich life.
I never really thought about retirement. I worried about a lot of stuff, but retirement wasn’t one of them.
You know how the financial planners always say you are ten times more likely to become disabled than die before you turn 65? Yeah, well, they aren’t kidding. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at age 53, and had to stop working when I was 58 years old.
This blog is about living intentionally, with a chronic illness. It’s about what I have learned and continue to discover since I began retirement. About identifying my true values, from which I was distracted by the corporate crazy, and building new habits that align with those values. About developing an expertise in nutrition and health (while losing 40 pounds along the way). About budgeting for a new reality, and simplifying my possessions and my life. A little bit about my life in northern Michigan, in a county with one stoplight. About the journey from human doing to human being.
There are some big thoughts in here, buried among many teeny ideas, hacks, and suggestions.
This blog is about how I am navigating this thing we call retirement.