Challenging Myself

I remember our first computer – a Commodore 64 with a tape drive. I literally had to type in programs I found in a computer magazine, then save them to the tape drive so I could run them. I justified the purchase on the basis that I had an idea about the upcoming computer revolution, and I wanted out daughter to be familiar and comfortable with them from the start (I think she was three years old at the time).

As we all know, things kept moving forward to an astonishing degree. The formation of the internet, wireless technology, WYSIWYG (hah! remember that? What you see is what you get – a huge leap forward at the time), websites, blogs, and the importance of SEO so people could find you.

It has become apparent to me recently of the limitations of the stock WordPress platforms, so I’m going to be moving my blog to GoDaddy. I have all these ideas in my head about what I want my blog/website to do, and WP just doesn’t seem to be up to the task.

Of course, the problem I run up against is I have virtually no idea of what I’m doing, or how to accomplish my vision as I move forward here. The good news is that one of my personal goals as I retire is to keep moving forward, learning new things and challenging myself . So, this is a very long way to ask for your forbearance as I jump head first into the deep end of the pool! My old links won’t work anymore for awhile, but I’ll try and find ways to keep you connected and updated on the pitfalls and successes of this new endeavor. Thanks for reading!!

What’s Next???

A few years back, when I started cutting down on the hours I was working, my boss told me that I would know when it was time to retire. He was right. I never wanted to become that grumpy old guy that nobody wanted around anymore. Even though – or maybe because – I cut back to two days a week this last January, I could feel in my bones that I probably wouldn’t make it to my goal, which was November 2019. Well, my FIRST goal (because I’m an optical geek) was to retire on January 20, 2020. But as the days grew longer, I knew my time had come.

I started this journey back in May, 1974. I had moved to Bellingham from Portland, Oregon to flee the recent death of my mom, to put a bit of space between me and my family so our very young marriage would have a better chance, because of the beauty of the region with all its opportunities to hike and backpack, and because a friend of mine had moved there recently, and said that there were a lot of jobs in the area. Unfortunately for me, the jobs were already taken.

Long story short, I talked my way into a job as an Apprentice Optician by working two weeks for free, then telling them I’d work for whatever wages they considered fair. Forty-five years later, I have no regrets. Never made much money, no retirement benefits, but it has been an amazing journey, and I’ve always had a roof over my head and food in my stomach.

Last Monday, I showed up at work early on my day off, and let the doctor know I would be retiring on May 31st. There is never a perfect job, but this one was as perfect for me at this point in my life as any could have been. I feel very grateful and blessed to have had this opportunity. There will be much I miss as I transition out of this place; making picking out glasses a fun experience, solving vision problems, great fellow staff members, and patients who appreciated my unique blend of skills, knowledge, and care that comes from the heart.

I’m excited about this new chapter in my life that is about to begin. I have so many things I want to do, places I want to go, hobbies I want to grow, and to find ways to help make this world a better place. And – of course – share them all with YOU through this blog (thanks again for reading it!). Here is one tiny sneak preview. I just bought myself a new DSLR camera, and I can’t wait to get out and try to capture photos that evoke a moment of thought and reflection on the beauty of the transient nature of the life of all things.

I remember a tongue-in-cheek saying from years ago – “I want to be unique, just like everyone else.” The road of life IS unique to each of us, but we all share our travels and time on this earth with each other. We have more in common in this journey than we may realize; I hope that some of the things I share resonate like a tuning fork struck against the palm of your hand. So glad you are here to share this with me!!