Boomers Turn 70! by Bill Newcott, AARP Your Life… Reference article and website, click highlighted text.
A New Beginning!
Using words like summary for the end of this story seems off the mark. I have a hopeful outlook in writing this book after doing research and connecting the dots. Life can begin again at any stage in life, especially for those of us who are entering the golden years. Writing this story has given me energy, renewed confidence, and a much brighter look into the future. Finding peace of mind has been a huge benefit, but requires continued effort. I believe more now that when one reaches out for answers to big questions and becomes fully engaged in living in a proactive way, we find more peace of mind. My thinking has changed from thoughts of death and dying or old age to planning my next writing project, next adventure, and sharing more romance with Judy. It is never time to sit down and forget about it all. It is extremely healthy for the mind and body to be engaged, to discover, to learn, and to love. Living, learning and loving never ends until the day we actually leave this life for good and go on to the next life, assuming the faith that this is where we are headed.
“Retirement” means transitioning to new beginnings rather than stepping away from all the action. There is really more action in retirement if you are willing to take the leap of faith, and jump in and continue to make a difference in your life and the life of others. The more of my time spent giving to others feels like a gift. Continuing to share my life with soul-mate and wife Judy is comforting and exciting. Finding new friends and building new relationships is invigorating. Getting the most out of participating in the lives of friends and family, including watching my children grow along with the grandkids, is most gratifying. I can say life is as good as it can be as long as my feet stay firmly on the ground. Writing this book clearly represents a new beginning. I am very thankful for having the motivation to tackle this project and the many rewards it has and will produce in the future. I am ready for the next surprise and challenge life has in store for us!
I didn’t know in 2011 how writing my first non-fiction memoir, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story, would change my life. It was at that moment in time that writing became a source of healing from childhood invisible wounds. Kathleen Casey-Kirschling, First Boomer, “You only have the moment. You can’t live in the past, and you don’t know what the future is going to bring.” These words really hit home for me at this time in my life as age 70 looms on July 6, 2016. Wow! This new decade for me was a scary beginning of the New Year until healthy change came into my life and our family. When it is time for change, it is up to all of us to take action…we own it! My major action was to clear away my agenda and all commitments that were no longer rewarding or fun. It was my time and the opportunity to make a difference for myself and to focus on my family, especially my loving wife, Judy. I set myself free to love more, explore and to innovate. It is a new day in the Sparks home! We are busy with new goals, planning, and excitement for the very special years ahead of us. I feel blessed and thankful for good health and new energy at age 69. “We 46ers ain’t done yet!”
Steve Sparks, Author, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story and My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1&2… Click the highlighted text for my author page and to order books, etc.