It’s done. I am free! In the spirit of this website blog, I am voluntarily, enthusiastically, and happily retired! Yes, I have joined thousands of older seniors as we all embark on aging gracefully.

But really; it is said, we begin to age the minute we are born! We will all cycle in and cycle out. The secret is to live a decent, honest, healthy life and try to align ourselves with like-minded decent, honest and healthy people. Good intentioned people.

While we can admire life-models with all of its adversity and diversity, it doesn’t mean we have to do everything they do! Life-models can be “place holders” for our present mood, our present search for balance, our present search about life.

We don’t have to die to understand death, but we do have to live to understand life!

We can make it a life-long lesson to appreciate these life-models relative to our own milestones of self-awareness and growth. This includes all of our life peaks and valleys, and tribulations as it is with all human beings!

We can perhaps emulate those things that keep our spirit alive but try very hard to make it through life in one piece. There is no life-model who hasn’t undergone changes with both wisdom and as may be the case, regret.

Life is indeed full of risks. The trick is to choose your risks, but don’t take ill-conceived chances!

As I see it today, on this 1st day in January 2019 making it through life in one piece isn’t easy. We must applaud ourselves and others who embark on the new year in one piece. Certainly with gained wisdom or gained regret.

Behaviorist-Chef Anthony Bourdain

Bourdain, in Hanoi. He said, “I travel around the world, eat a lot of shit, and basically do whatever the fuck I want.”  Photographs by William Mebane for The New Yorker. All Rights Reserved.

Anthony Bourdain. Born June 25, 1956, New York. Died June 8, 2018, France. Suicide.

As I look back into the past, and look at myself in the present, I think of who I am today. Taking stock I am a realist, sometimes. I am pragmatic, sometimes. I am off-the-wall, sometimes. I am not perfect, all the time.

I want to find humor in both light and dark, and mainly insight in everything.

I don’t have screaming tattoos on my body, although I do have quiet scars on my arm as a careless reminder of a chain-saw that could have removed my arm a long time ago. And like some of us, I have my share of quiet scars from doing a well-intentioned life with emotion, love, naivete, and care.

As with wisdom gained, life is not fair but it doesn’t require us to stop being fair.

Pablo Picasso from The Atlantic. All Rights Reserved.

Pablo Picasso. Born October 25, 1881, Spain. Died April 8, 1973, France.

I’ve reached a point in my life where I can appreciate the runaway spirit of behaviorist-Chef Anthony Bourdain, and the solace of artist Pablo Picasso who is attributed as saying, “I wish to live a poor man, with lots of money.”

Self Portrait Pablo Picasso. 1907

There will be many more Bourdains and many more Picassos to learn from. There will be many more Bourdains and Picassos within ourselves.

As we leave the year 2018 behind. Take stock of ourselves and let’s head on out into the New Year 2019 in a good, well-intentioned way. I wish you the best and Aloha!

Photographer Judy Mikami, Molokai. All Rights Reserved.

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