Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Getting Ready for the New Year

I spent time today reviewing the good, bad, and ugly that happened in 2010. The ugly is, I resolved to sell a bunch books and I fell woefully short of that goal. I also had a goal to write twelve new songs. I missed that one to.  There wasn't enough ugly to whine about, but the good was really good.  I reached three of my life goals. 
I retired at 59
We paid off all of our debt
And I lost over twenty pounds (though unfortunately I did find a few of them during the holidays).
This week has been an exercise in deciding what I really want to do during the next phase of my life.
I won't go into specifics now because it's the topic for my newspaper column this week, but I encourage everyone to spend some quality time contemplating the question - "What do I want".
My wife challenged me to sit and write my list down. I thought it would be easy, but it proved to be more difficult than I thought. Most people approach the question with blinders on - well, I can't REALLY do what I want because I can't make enough money to feed my family, or it would require me to move, or to go to school, or to.........
I wish I had spent more time on this question when I was fresh out of high school. 
Here's a verse to a song Jilda and I wrote called Do What you love.

There are so many people
Who work day and night
At jobs that they hate
They're wasting their lives
There's a lesson worth learning
They don't teach in school
You gotta do what you love, and love what you do

Kids, do yourselves a favor -- find your bliss.


  1. You retired! You paid off all your debt! You lost weight! That's some awesome accomplishments!!!!

    I love your advice-find my bliss. I think that will be the result of my goal for the year....follow-through.

    I have goodies for my followers over on my blog...

    And have a wonderful, blissful new year!

  2. Thank you for calling by and commenting on my Blog.

    There are many lessons I wish I'd learned younger and making time to write is definitely one of them.

    Now if I can just get a few of your accomplishments sorted I'll be a happy bunny ;)

  3. Yay for your positives in the year about to end!!! Here's to more positives for next year for you and yours!!!

    Take care

  4. Wow! Those are some amazing accomplishments. I'm going to have to do as your wife suggested and write down what I would do if I had no barriers. Thanks for the thought seed.

  5. Funny, my next post (this afternoon)has a piece about loving what you do in it. I'd say you had a great year. I'd love to be able to pay off my debts. :)

    A very Happy New Year to you!
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  6. I don't want much, and I've got nearly all of that, but I'll probably never get one big thing that I do want, simply because I don't have it in me to go after that one big thing.

  7. Amen to that!!

  8. No amount of rumination of what I want to do with my life would have done me any good right out of high school. didn't have enough life lived yet to know what I wanted to do. As it happened, I stumbled on my life's work but fortunately was aware enough at the time to grab hold of it.

  9. You've accomplished a lot in 2010! I hope you have a wonderful 2011 as well. :)

    Thanks for the advice!

  10. That's wonderful Rick! You're livin' a dream. Kaye


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