Six & Five

This September 4th is the 3rd time in my life that my government has, unbidden, designated me to be a certain thing:

  1. At birth, 65 years ago, I was designated as “born”
  2. At 18 years old, I was considered “draft ready”
  3. Today, I am “retired senior citizen”

To all of you who have wished me a happy day, thank you!  To my government, however, I have a different response, namely… are you kidding!!??”  Not only am I not retired, with no intention of ever retiring in this life, but I have just barely gotten started, with many more goals and dreams in mind.  Here are a few:

  1. I’d like to own a home, for the first time in my life.  Beth and I did live in a trailer once, which we owned, but the lot was rented and our living quarters had a hitch on one end.  Since then we have lived in family-owned homes, but none owned by us… so we’re building one.  Out of straw.  Another story (which starts in earnest this coming fall)…
  2. I’d like to see more of the world — first by traveling in this country (perhaps towing an RV) and then to some foreign countries (China & Australia in particular)
  3. I aspire to continue and improve a counseling/discipleship ministry with younger men, both at my church and elsewhere
  4. My life’s work, I believe, will be the creation and kickstarting of the 10th Generation Project… again, another story for another time

Obviously, if I keep working in addition to all this, there will need to be some version of slowing down.  Health issues may impact as well, and I (like all of you) are not guaranteed tomorrow, much less next year or 2050.  Nevertheless, the one thing I know for sure is what I won’t be doing.

On my 65th, I am thanking the Lord for the privilege of living this long, with a beautiful wife, great family and in good health.  I’m also sending a message to you, Uncle Sam: you can count me out of those retirement stats!  Cause… what you’re sellin’, I ain’t buyin’  😀

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