Episode 500 500 Podcasts on Retirement
Welcome to Retirement Talk. I'm Del Lowery.
Happy Anniversary I said to myself when I sat down to create this podcast. This is number five hundred. I have a hard time imagining. It has been just over ten years of putting out one of these every week. I have missed a few weeks along the way for one reason or another. But it has been an unexpectedly long run. It reminds me of that old saying that I have posted in my computer/guitar area " Sit loose in the saddle and come to terms with the idea of change".
Retirement can bring many changes. And I never envisioned this change when I started into this phase of life. As you launch yourself into the same stage of life you might want to keep an eye open for the unexpected twists and turns that may still lie ahead. It may be that you are not anywhere near an ending as you are on the cusp of a new beginning.
You may recall that on the cover web page for this podcast I talked about helping people think carefully about what they are doing with their lives. We wanted to encourage critical thinking and encourage action. From the responses I have received from listeners I have forever been encouraged to continue. Not that I have been inundated with approval but some people have been very kind.
You may also recall from my mission statement that I wanted this podcast to focus on retirement and anything and every thing except money. I have tried to stay true to that goal with few exception. I weakened due to several request and produced a few programs on financial issues. As you must know I am not a financial wizard, don't desire to be financial wizard and firmly believe life consists of many concerns other that money. Of course money is necessary but it does not have to be all consuming. "Retired and No Time To Shave" was one of my favorite titles to a podcast - not sure which one or what year. It is this kind of thought that has guided the selection of topics presented. I wanted to consider life itself.
One of my goals upon retiring was to become involved in my community. The first 15 years or so that was achieved in a various ways the first was via being a very active member of Amnesty International. I directed community groups in Anchorage, Alaska and then in Bellingham, Washington. My interest in Human Rights education included teaching university classes trying to get teachers to see the connection between human rights issues and daily classroom instruction and management.
I then found my retirement goal of being active in the community stepping into the local city and county development - mainly in the area of Parks and Recreation. That satisfied me for ten or more years. And then came the podcasts.
Making retirement issues a primary concern drew me into creating these podcasts. I looked and still consider it as a new community. I'm not exactly sure how long the interest will continue but it has been an interesting endeavor.
As you may have noticed I am now in the process of revisiting former topics and rewriting and updating then. Sometimes they emerge close to the original and sometimes they evolve into something completely new.
I sometimes wonder about repetition but have come to realize and accept the value in just such. My adventure into playing the classical guitar over the past 25 pulse years have made me aware of what can be gained from a repetitive focus. Every day the hand adjusts, the mind sparks with new understanding and what appears to be repetitive really results in something new. The same occurs through the daily practice of Tai Chi. Each day, each move brings new understanding.
Hopefully you will find the podcasts as thought provoking. Your life has changed from the first time you may have listened to the treatment of a topic and you will find new value.
Our life moves on with every day. Our interest evolve. Our abilities change. We learn to expect and accept a moving road. We cannot be sure of tomorrow.
Drop me a note and perhaps I can pass it on and help others consider their own retired life.
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