The boots are about balance in life. Specifically, the boots are about the importance of finding time to have fun…to take a break…to recharge batteries…to be still…to enjoy a bit of quiet time…however you want to say it. And to be clear, in our experience the boots are as vital in retirement as they were when working.
When building our careers there are some really important things that are too easily lost in the rush of what we do…and the boots are about remembering to make room for the important stuff of life. Looking forward we believe the message of the boots doesn’t stop…ever. There are always a million things that make us “busy” but not living.
So – what have we learned along the way? …and what are we learning about this as retirement unfolds around us?
During our careers we found the following to be the keys for us.
Know your craft. It’s important to be good at what you do. Regardless of what you do…do it well. And stay current with your discipline.
Be honest and fair. Be straight with folks…say what you mean and mean what you say. Learn to enjoy all sorts of people…and treat them right.
Work hard. Give that extra effort…go that extra mile whenever you have a chance. Earn your keep and work so that those who pay you think you’re a great value.
And most importantly – have some fun. Kick back and enjoy the ride. Be purposeful about it. From stamp collecting to ‘whatever’…doesn’t really matter how you do it…find a way to have fun…make time for the important stuff.
And yes – one of mine is just being out doors…
…that’s what the boots are all about…a reminder to me (and perhaps you) to have a little fun along the way. Life’s too short.
During our retirement we’re finding the following to be important.
Have good friends
Do good things