Aging Doesn’t Mean Quitting

Faubion             FriendMePage

I  remember a fellow who went to the same church I did. When he reached retirement age, he retired—not just from his day job—but from everything. Even singing in the choir.

The funny thing is—to this day—I can still picture him and the unhappy scowl he wore for the rest of the time I knew him. Giving up his previous activities may have given him loads of free time, but it didn’t make him happy.

My situation is just the opposite. I retired from work because I wanted to write full-time. While I monitor my outside activities to keep from being overwhelmed and not have enough writing time, I’m well aware of the importance of balance.

And balance for most people at retirement probably means continuing to do at least some of the things they’ve always done.

I recently received an invitation to review a new book from a fellow named John Faubion (picture at the top of this post). He’s a couple of years older than me and retired after spending  thirty years as a Christian missionary in Southeast Asia.

But you know what? When John retired, he didn’t retire. He wrote a novel.

Writing a first novel is a HUGE undertaking, but he didn’t let his age or lack of prior experience hold him back. His suspense novel, Friend Me, releases in early February, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

He admits that the prospect of following up with a  second novel is a daunting one. But he’s ready to try. Ready and anxious.

Why couldn’t that poor man who quit everything including the church choir have turned retirement into a time of fulfillment the way John and I have done?

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Best regards,

2 thoughts on “Aging Doesn’t Mean Quitting

  1. I have to admit I’m looking forward to retirement. And it’s not so I can sit home and do nothing but needlework, although I certainly plan to do plenty of that. But I think I’ve been looking forward to having more time for volunteer activities ever since I started working. There are many things that I’m limited to do just because I’m not available during the day. 🙂


  2. Thanks, Roger! Only one thing, i didn’t get to retire. I’m a full-time (whatever that means) senior application developer for a big appliance and electronics chain. I’d love to retire into writing someday but i’ve still got one sweet girl left at home to feed and send to Christian college. Maybe then!
    I’m so pleased you liked the book. You $5 is in the mail. 🙂


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