Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Photos: October 17, 2016
Autumn is a time of transitions as leaves move from greens to a display of colour and then drop. Animals grow a thicker coat in preparation for winter's icy temperatures, squirrels make sure their stashes are filled and flowers slowly fade on their stalks.
I too, find my life in transition as I contemplate full retirement. I find myself thinking, yet again, "What will I be when I grow up?"
It has been a difficult period - three deaths within a week - one far too young, one at a respectable old age and the third somewhat younger. The older gentleman was a wonderful example of growing as he aged. He had a successful career as a neurologist, as a researcher. When he retired he wrote books (one about the first aboriginal M.D. in Canada); he took up an instrument, the recorder, and played and practised regularly. Did he ever "grow up"? That sounds too final - like you are done. He was always transitioning, learning, and always curious. He saw aging not as a winding down but as an opportunity to continue growing.
So I, too, look at this as a time of opportunity, to try on new colours, to grow into my next phase of growing up.