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Every Five Years

A long time ago, I learned something significant about myself. I’m not proud of it; I’m not sorry about it. It’s just how I am. My life naturally divides itself into 5-year increments. I discovered this in terms of the jobs I held. I was uber-enthusiastic about my work for about five years. After that, I got bored, restless, and needed a change. Once I realized that, I was able to do a better job of planning my life.

Now that I’m retired, I see that the same thing holds true. The first five years after I retired, I played. A three-year motor home vacation followed by the fun of buying a house and furnishing it and getting to know my new community. The next five years, I became a caregiver for my mother then for my husband. It’s been almost six years since my husband died. I’ve spent these past five years grieving and exploring my identity as a single person who is aging.

It would be a brave, bold statement to say I now know who I am and what I want. But, I’m saying it. To all the world. At least, to you. The commitment I made to myself this year is to be a writer for the next five years. That doesn’t mean I’m any good at it. It means that I am going to give it my all for five years. Be the best I can be. No wimping out.

Why do you care? Well, you might not. But, if I tell you, it helps me firm up my commitment. Like going to Weight Watchers or AA.

This morning, I read that Aristotle said, “The most characteristically human activity is planning your life.” Kenneth Atchity of A Writer’s Time added, “Those who do are the productive people; those who don’t disappear under the surface without leaving a bubble behind to brighten the world.”

I’m certain that you are brightening the world in your own way. We’d all like you to tell us how you do that. Please.

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