August 21, 2019 — Embracing the Fox

Well, here goes.

Welcome to Real Life Retirement.

The name is a little misleading — I’m not really retired.  I work somewhere between 80 and 100 hours a month writing marketing materials for a variety of clients.  But that leaves plenty of time for other pursuits.

I’m a 66-year old white man, married for almost 33 years.   I just got back from my 31- year old son’s wedding to a wonderful young woman.  I have a daughter who is in her late twenties.

My intention is to leave them out of this.  Real Life Retirement will be about life as it is actually lived by people in their sixties and seventies.  Some of us still work but we are “retired” from worries about where our careers are going or how or children will turn out.  For the most part, these issues are settled.

Many of us are grandparents (we are not, yet) and a few of us are still dealing with (very) aged parents.  All of us think and worry about money to some degree.

Yet we are healthy (for the most part) and active (usually).

So what, then, is to be done?

That’s what we will be exploring:  Fitness, intellectual pursuits, travel, volunteering, sports, work, you name it.  I’ll be talking to people who are doing interesting things and to other people who are looking for interesting things to do.

What do I mean by “Embracing the Fox?”

That’s a reference to Isaiah Berlin, who made a famous comparison between intellectuals who are “hedgehogs” (that is, they know a lot about one thing) and “foxes” (who know a little about a lot of things. This in turn refers to a Greek quote: “a fox knows many things, but a hedgehog one important thing.”

I’m definitely in the fox category.  My interests include fiction, history, economics, politics (although I’m going to steer clear of politics), movies, music, technology, birds, bicycling and golf.

I’m new to blogging and I will be upgrading format and content as we move along.  I expect to post at least a couple of times a week, more often if I actually have something to say.






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