Life lessons from a boat

Life lessons from a boat

Living the dream! That’s the pat expression that was slapped onto my back when people heard I lived aboard a sailboat. Yet the four years preparing myself and the boat for adventures near and far sure didn’t feel like a dream. More like a “lifequake” described by...
Don’t judge a book by its cover

Don’t judge a book by its cover

A bunch of cyclists set out to tackle a 100 km (62 miles) ride with over 1100 metres (3200 feet) of elevation gain. What is your mental image of those riders? Some set out in the dark to reach the start by 7:15 am. With three ferry rides as part of the route, some put...

Expected age of retirement

What do you call it when someone leaves work at age 55? Beats me. Ask the person leaving work! When I left work at 55, I was burnt out. Because of my age (and the lasting impression of Freedom 55 advertising), everyone called it retirement. And because I was burnt...
Shift happens

Shift happens

The messy middle. That place after “what was then” and before “what is to come.” You no longer have that job or partner or vitality, but you don’t know what the future holds. It’s a crappy place filled with self-doubt, feeling lost or stuck, and confused. It’s the...
Are we underestimating the over 60 crowd?

Are we underestimating the over 60 crowd?

There are over one billion people in the world over the age of 60. Psychologist and gerontologist Ken Dychtward notes that nobody has tasked them with much of anything. Actor Harrison Ford suggested that young people should plant millions of trees to save the planet....
The second half of life – it starts with a transition

The second half of life – it starts with a transition

Any of these life events happen to you yet? – end of a marriage, loss of a job or business, death of a partner, an illness, or retirement? Some element of your identity is gone – you are not a husband or wife, a job title, or the vibrant active person you were...