The First Day Of The Rest of My Life

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Yesterday I retired.  In 1972 I graduated from UMKC Law School and passed the Bar. 41 years later, I am retiring from the Bench.  It has been great.  Not always easy, but rich with memories and friendships.

Today, I continued my life with no orders to write, no trials and no probationers.  I had no need to get ready to work or to do–well–anything.  It felt strange, but in the way that you like to feel at the beginning of any adventure.

I can tell you my priorities for the next two weeks: visits with friends and family, work in the yard, non-profit commitments.  But for the first time in four decades, I cannot tell you my long-term plan for the future.  It is thrilling, really.  Do I want to write, or take photographs?  Do I want to travel, or save the world? How do I decide, after all these years, what will most give my life meaning?  It is a gift I give myself to figure it out.

I can compile my own bucket list!  I have all the time left to me to figure it out.

Footprints

What do you believe in?  What do you care about?  What upsets you?  What do you believe matters to you enough to determine to make a difference?

Join a club.  Run for office.  Commit your time, money and/or creativity to making the world a better place.  How?  That is for you to decide.  Figure out what you are passionate about and strive to make a difference.

DSC_0866What do you want your footprint in life to be?