Don’t put off ‘til tomorrow…
I’m too young to retire, and I don’t put in a 40-hour work week anyway, but I can still dream, can’t I? Here are some of the things I would do, if only I had the time. Play golf well enough to not embarrass myself, maybe break 100. Go on long hikes through our beautiful State Parks (assuming they’re still open). Buy an RV and go on an extended road trip, or several. Take up painting. Learn to play Bridge. Buy a .22 rifle and practice target shooting. Go fishing a lot more. Plant a winter vegetable garden. See more movies in theaters. It reminds me of the woman who was sobbing in her OB-GYN’s office because of her, perhaps unreasonable, expectation that she would redecorate her house and learn French while she was on maternity leave. I do realize that my bucket list is kind of long, and I could add a lot more to it if I had the space. The point is, it’s good to think big. We may never be able to do it all, but we can do some of it.
We’ve just passed the 10th anniversary of 9-11, so I revisited our Publishers’ Corner from those awful days immediately after the attack. Here’s some of what we said: “Our everyday lives were and are important. Disasters always bring out the best in people, but the way we conduct ourselves the rest of the time is just as important and says just as much about us…we must continue to work on local issues that were important to us up to September 11, like development, schools, the environment, etc., so that we can continue to be a strong and caring community.”
The point is that everyone at some point in their lives is hit by something hard and unforeseen. That’s why it is so important to make time for those dreams now, to tackle that bucket list, and to conduct yourself honorably and with concern and respect for others every day, not just when disaster strikes.
We see this happening on a regular basis in the three communities we cover. Just one example is the renewal of the Kenwood School Parcel Tax by 81%, and this during tough economic times. People put in countless volunteer hours around here, from the fire departments to the Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs, to the good folks who put on the Glen Ellen Village Fair, to the Kenwood School Spaghetti Feed.
So keep up the good work, and get out there and have some fun while you’re at it!