As some of you may know, I will turn 70 years old on January 27th. Becoming 70 is a pretty remarkable thing. It is hard to tell yourself that you are still middle age. Although having my father alive who, at almost 92, is active and healthy, does help. When I turned 69, I decided that I should make the next decade of my life the best one yet. I gave myself a year to figure out what that would mean.
I knew some of it had to with fitness and health. I spend about ten hours a week exercising, and I have a very healthy diet. I also do exercises for my brain.
I also knew that this might be the last decade in which I could accomplish some significant things, at least for me. High on that list would be creative pursuits like writing music, maybe writing a book, doing video art, and producing a multi media Podcast. I want to continue my study of quantum mechanics and genetics. Having more success in business ventures would not be a critical objective. I thought that I might do something to help others beyond what I currently do. Surprisingly, the one thing I may accomplish in this category involves health care and goes back to my roots in medical science research.
Now it is almost a year later, and I have not yet put together my objectives for the next decade. Not only that, but I have been working harder at business then I have the proceeding ten years. I have also devoted a lot of time and effort to increasing the returns from my investments and finding ways to lower my tax burden. Even though I am very comfortable financially, and have no need to do this.
There are at least two drivers for this situation. I often joke “Retirement is when you no longer enjoy doing the things you are good at, and are not good at doing the things you enjoy.” There is a lot of truth in that, but in my case, I still enjoy doing the things I am good at and frankly, I am excellent at doing them. So I enjoy helping early stage companies especially when close friends are involved. I love technology, and I am still on the cutting edge in a number of areas. Business strategy continues to excite me. But most of these things do not leave me satisfied. I have had my successes, and now I am just repeating.
The second thing is that I am no longer patient, if I ever was. Many of the things I want to do require mastering tools. For instance, to compose music at the level I seek, I have to use a program called Logic. It is kind of like Photoshop for music. It is very hard to learn and to remember. While I have many tutorials, I get frustrated when I don’t get it the first time. I have had the same experience with video editing software. To write music, you have to separate yourself from distraction. But then I get bored, or I begin to think about other things. All those interactions I have that relate to business or investment actives, pop into my head. I start feeling the urgency of dealing with them. I leave my piano and go back to the computer and send an email. Of course, that means I will have to deal with the response I will receive.
Many of my friends, in addition to my wife, suggest that I try meditation. I understand why, but I find it extremely hard to do. For a while, I developed my personal form of meditation. I would get up early in the morning and work in on our garden building trails and small rock walls. That calmed me, but I kept hurting my back picking up rocks.
So I have decided to find a Life Couch. I always thought a Life Coach was a professional who could not find a job. I still think this might be true for most. But I decided to follow the advice of Dr. Mark Hyman and try one. I am interviewing someone tomorrow morning. Should be interesting.