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Keep asking “What’s next?” and pursue it relentlessly!

Aging is not a fate unless we volitionally choose to regard it as such.

I don’t!

Never have. Never will.

I learned decades ago from George Plimpton, American journalist, writer, literary editor, actor and amateur sportsman, to be part of life and not a spectator of it…at every age.

My decades in the music business as a producer, engineer, performer, and songwriter brought me in touch with superstars who continue to influence me through my career rear view window, especially in my seventh decade on this wonderful planet:

Chuck Berry: On his 90th birthday he debuted a new album.

Tony Bennett: Entered his tenth decade teamed with Lady Gaga and maintained a busy touring schedule while holding on to his persona as a king of croon.

Willie Nelson: He may remain irascible, but his prodigious outflow of new albums shows he’s in a motivated mindset.

John Mayall: Long considered the father of British blues, he’s grandfathered many of England’s most prodigal sons —Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and Jack Bruce. He still tours relentlessly and, equally impressively, still blows a mean harmonica.

Buddy Guy: One of the few remaining true blues icons, he’s still out on the road in his 80s, showing the same grit and confidence in his fretwork as he did when he famously chummed around with Jimi Hendrix. Eric Clapton once declared, “Buddy Guy was to me what Elvis was for others.”

Ringo Starr: As hard as it is to imagine there’s a Beatle in his 70’s, his All Starr band is still stable 30 years on.

Bob Dylan: At an age when most senior citizens have long since retired, Dylan continues to tour relentlessly, pausing only to take time to accept his recently awarded Nobel Prize for Literature.

So, WTF regarding retirement. Been there. Done that. Uninspiring. I’d rather keep asking “What’s next?” and pursue it relentlessly!

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INGRID CAROZZI: FROM JOB HOPPER TO RENOWNED FLORAL DESIGNER

Ingrid Carozzi is one of the premier floral artists in New York City. But, her very successful career path was anything but direct, having held jobs as a flight attendant, English teacher, croupier, waitress, and public relations associate. She tried five different college programs, none of which provided the academic spark to light an ideal career destination. But, a chance encounter would set her on a trajectory to career success and personal fulfillment.

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Put Off Retirement and Find Another Gig You Like

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects the trend of older people working to continue, estimating that 13 million Americans age 65 and older will be in the labor force by 2024. While earlier generations viewed retirement as a time for rest and relaxation, in the last 10 to 15 years, the retirement age has crept up to 68. As of February 2019, more than 20% of Americans aged 65 or older were working or looking for work, a 57-year high, according to federal data. Continue reading Put Off Retirement and Find Another Gig You Like

IS YOUR CAREER A SELF-DRIVING CAR OR AN OPEN ROAD MOTORCYCLE

I love motorcycling. Riding has been a passion of mine since I was a teenager. The joy of traversing the terra firma on two wheels has continued well into my adulthood and motivated me to ride over twenty thousand miles of highways and main streets crisscrossing the state of Connecticut to research Classic Diners of Connecticut for The History Press. Continue reading IS YOUR CAREER A SELF-DRIVING CAR OR AN OPEN ROAD MOTORCYCLE

NOW IS THE TIME FOR LATE BLOOMING

Let’s pretend for a moment you and I are taking a road trip. The luggage is secured, snacks are within reach, the GPS is plugged in and the gas tank is filled. You lean over to me and ask, “Are you ready?” I respond, “No” and proceed to get out of the car, select the screwdriver from my Swiss army knife and remove the side mirrors. I reenter the cabin and you yell, “Are you crazy?” to which I unaffectedly respond with, “Oops, forgot this one” and remove the inside rearview mirror as well. You have now deemed me certifiably crazy as well as a significant safety hazard. I account for my actions with, “We’re not here to look back and see where we’ve been but rather to experience where we’re going” and I toss the GPS out the window.

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