• Dick McEvoy

Recognize the Beauty in Your Life& Embrace Your Passion

Updated: Jun 6, 2020

You know yourself better than anyone and you understand the people, places and activities that stimulate you, and that makes you the best equipped to identify what makes you truly happy. Retirement should be the time when you bring that happiness back to life!

As children, we all had dreams and an abundant imagination for places we wanted to visit (maybe even the moon), and things we wanted to do. Retirement is your time to make some of those dreams a reality, if even in a small but meaningful way.

Thinking about your fondest memories of your own children as they were growing up, you are likely to remember times when you were helping them to pack as much magic and excitement into their life as possible. You had no trouble helping them to believe in the impossible, and if you are anything like me, you took great enjoyment in watching them courageously take on and slew even the scariest of giants.

As I watched this beautifully poignant short video of Joshua bell playing his violin in the Washington D.C. Metro Station, I am struck not so much by the fact that people don’t have time to even notice, but more importantly, I am struck by the number of parents who tugged their children away from their wonder. Were they pulling their children toward adulthood too soon?

The Washington Post Magazine conducted this experiment with the concert violinist in the metro station and their point was driven home by the two major questions posed:

“Do we perceive beauty in a commonplace environment and at an inappropriate hour?” and,

“If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?”     -The Washington Post

Imagination and dreams can take us all to incredible places, and Retirement is the time to get back to some of our most deep-seeded child-like wishes and help them to finally come true. Try to remember when, as a child, whatever it was that you were playing at never had to be perfect. If you were cooking and eating some exotic meals from a distant land, you never worried that your “food” was actually made of mud and stones. And if you were scoring that winning goal in a World Cup Final, no one questioned the fact that the goal posts were actually two small clumps of  trees in your parents’ yard.

Retirement is the time to uncover the child who has been laying dormant for most of your adult life. Pull the covers back so that you can see that which has been hidden in your psyche and move forward with gusto. The key to your successful retirement will be what you do with those dreams that you uncover. You need to start with the child-like dreams, but then act on those of greatest interest with your adult-like capabilities.

Your refreshed wonder and excitement can be strengthened by your years of learning and achievements. Retirement is the time where you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Your child-like enthusiasms can be enhanced, and they can actually be realized through your accumulated adult wisdom, knowledge and willingness to work for something that is especially important to YOU!

Go over that Bucket List of yours (* add link to Bucket list posting) and prioritize your list of things you would love to do. Identify the top one or two things that you’ve always wanted to try, and THEN GO FOR IT!

If you have always wanted to learn to travel, then start to do your research on places like:

· “The 10 Most Beautiful Roads in America”

· “America’s National Parks”

· “Beautiful Sites in Canada”

If you have always wanted to:

· learn to play an instrument,

· learn a new language, or perhaps

· learn how to grow your own organic food, GO FOR IT!

You are now at the delightful age where you are no longer being held back by “other people’s perceptions of you or of your capability.” You no longer need to necessarily get good, as you are doing these things for your own pleasure. GO FOR IT! Take pleasure in the new activity and the new learning and show yourself that there is still so much you can accomplish.


“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 2 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

-Mosche Arens

Former Israeli Minister of Defense

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