Retired people need to do a number of things to stay healthy. We need to exercise, eat right, get enough sleep, and stay involved. The last one of these is my topic today. We need to have one or more projects to be passionate about. Mine include serving on a committee for my condo association, volunteering for a local arts organization, and working on Heart Speak. Between these three activities and a few others that I do, I am as busy now as when I was working full-time to make a living.
I spend a few hours each week serving on the Finance Committee of the condo development where I live. I enjoy doing it because I get to use my experience from working in a financial industry, insurance, and I am doing something that directly benefits me as well as the other residents of the community. I haven't been doing this for very long but already I feel strongly about some of the issues that we grapple with.
The local arts organization is a project in which I employ my financial and technical backgrounds. As Treasurer and Videographer, my hands are full during those seasons of the year when we host performances and put on art shows. Covid has cramped our style a lot but still we can put on virtual shows, which require website and other expertise.
Heart Speak is another endeavor in which I experience my enjoyment of doing technical work. Of course, there is also the possibility that some day we will all become very wealthy but, even if we never do, it will still have been an enriching experience. My vision for Heart Speak may be pie in the sky, but I am inspired by the words of Teddy Roosevelt: "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena...who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly...” I left out a lot of his words but you get the idea.
Like any body else, I have to do the basic things to protect my health. Being involved is at least as important as the others.