Don't worry, this post is NOT about suicide.
This post IS about life and what our lives are or could be.
At this point in our lives, many of us boomers are evaluating our lives and
wondering if we are truly living the lives we want to live. Maybe we've been
stuck in jobs or careers that were thrilling at first but are now merely the
means to pay our bills. We might be so busy that all we do is work. Is that
Many boomers get to their 60s and attempt to finally do what they always really
wanted to do.
Fortunately I've been doing mostly what I always wanted to do for most of my
adult life, but I would like to cut back the workload. Sadly, the only way that
will happen is for me to retire. I'm not there yet, but I can picture it.
My favorite movie line on this topic is spoken by Andy (the Tim Robbins
character) to Red (Morgan Freeman's character) in Shawshank Redemption:
"I guess it comes down to a simple choice really: get busy living or get
So are you busy living? Are you doing what you want to do?
A big surprise for me at this point in my life is that everything takes more
time to do that it used to and I seem to have more time commitments than I used to. One reason is my MS, which slows me down a little.
Another is that I have a more active social life in the past four years than I
did in the previous ten. That's a good thing, but sometimes I just want to sit
at home and do nothing. Although sometimes I want to spontaneously take a
leisurely stroll through my awesome neighborhood.
All things considered, I am busy living and not busy dying. It seems at times
that all I do is work, work, work but some of my young coworkers thing I live a
most exciting life and they are jealous.
Returning to the title question, I'd say I live. It is a conscious choice.
Sometimes work gets in the way of life, but the key to keep on living is
My advice to you (and to myself): get busy living.