I hope I don’t sit down at some point and think something like “the good ‘ole days are gone.” Granted, there have been some fun times in my life, but if I start thinking like that, then I might as well pick up a shovel. To think that I won’t have fun as I get older is ridiculous. It’s just that the type(s) of fun to be had changes.
This thought process has been sparked by an email that I got from a friend of mine. He mentioned that he’ll be completing his (secondary) schooling (working at his undergrad for about 10 years) in another year or so. I got the feeling that he thinks that life will be over for him after completing school.
To me, it’s not over, it has just changed slightly. One of the beauties of being out of school (and having a job) is that I’m doing what I currently like, full-time, and I actually have money to “invest” in the things that interest me. College is supposed to round a person out, but I found it as more of a social benefit than anything else. I met a wide variety of people (most not related at all to what I do professionally) and sort of improved my social skills while sometimes attending classes. I am finding that I am “rounding myself out” more now than ever. I am able to do the things that interest me without being tied down by wondering what people will think or monetary concerns.
I know that at some point in the future (time is passing faster and faster), my lifestyle will change to more of a parenting role. I might look back at my past and grin with what I’ve done, but at the same time, experiencing the beauty of discovery in my children will bring me even more pleasure. And so the idea of “fun” changes again… The one thing that I do hope to keep in mind is even though I need to be a figure in my children’s lives, I shouldn’t forget to keep living mine…