We’ve all heard people talk about what they are going to do when they retire. It is hard for me to imagine I wouldn’t be working with yoga and children and all the other wonderful work I do. But last night something fun happened that is leading me into new adventures.
My son, Ram Das–almost 20 now–asked me what I was going to do the next day. My immediate answer was “work” (at home, on my own time). He said, “Let’s go to DC!” (as in Washington, a metro ride away). I was thrilled that he wanted to spend time with me and have an adventure. So we talked about what we could do there. I do a lot of topic-jumping (Gemini-rising), and this time was no exception. I somehow thought of a female bass guitar player that I saw recently and mentioned how inspired I was in seeing her jamming away. Ram Das jumped on that–he knew that learning to play the bass guitar is on my “things to do when I retire” list. So the rest of the conversation went something like this:
him: “Let’s go look at bass guitars in DC.”
me: “Oh well, I am not ready to start doing that. I have a 200 hour training to run in a couple of weeks. I have work, this is not good timing. Maybe in a year.”
him: “People always say they are going to do something that they love when they retire, but then they retire and they are old, and their dreams fade away. Come on…let’s do it!”