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11880555_10153005003077411_8088657338481856624_nFirst, thanks to Penny Poland for the photo – hiking on Mount Tzouhalem yesterday.

Second – this was an interesting day. I am getting a taste of what retirement is going to feel like. I had a story to do today but it was postponed. And it seems that all I have to do tomorrow is line up a couple of stories for later in the week and for next week.

Here’s the thing: I like it a lot. I like that I don’t have any “have-to-dos.” I like the semi-laziness of having time on my hands and of simply slowing down. I gardened, did Abby’s nails, picked berries and lettuce, walked with Abby, chatted with people I bumped into – it was just a darn nice day. I even enjoyed the time I wasted on Facebook.

I like it. In other words, when I finally do retire, I’m going to have something to look forward to. I think the whole thing about working really keeps people in line. We are far too busy earning money, getting to and from work, getting the job done etc. to think – to think critically. Who has time to think when you’re doing your level best to keep your head above water?

It’s a system designed, really, to keep us enslaved to the system. And it starts with education for the very young.

The system doesn’t work. Well, it works for the very few – the very rich – the lords and masters of the universe. It doesn’t work for most of us. Not if by “working” you mean living a rich, full life – a life of joy and excitement, a life of contribution, a life of passion and adventure – a life of thought and service.

Every year and every day I come closer to living this life we are all meant to live. Next: my next book – and lots of adventures. I suspect that adventures and a book are two agenda items that will go hand in hand.

 

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