Thursday Tidbits

Posted on December 6, 2018 under Thursday Tidbits with no comments yet

The Art Fair team

 

“Who are you?

Who, who, who, who?

Who Are You? The Who

When people look at you, how do they identify you? Is it by the work you do? Is it as a member of an organization, a volunteer, a parent?

Recently, I was sitting around our dining room table with a high school reunion committee. In a previous life, these folks were business people, doctors and educators. Today, we wear the most important hats as old friends. We’re grandparents, volunteers and increasingly care givers to aging parents. I suspect that the majority of my readers fit into one or all of these categories. Our new identities, as it were.

If you’re in your 20s today, you’re likely finishing up your education and starting to gain traction in the work world. Some of you have already started families. The 30-50 age group are deep in the trenches of life, accumulating assets and lots of debt. You’re raising families and paying bills and retirement seems to be an eternity away. By the way, don’t let anybody tell you that you need to save a million dollars to retire comfortably. Try to get to retirement debt free and live simply once you get there.

For the 60 and over crowd there is little doubt that health is the focus of our attention. It’s hard to carry on a conversation these days without a story or two about painful joints although recent changes to the law enables one to acquires joints that are anything but painful. We are also very conscious of our mortality. There are constant reminders as I seem to attend at least one wake or funeral just about every week.

While I eagerly anticipate the 50th reunion of the old Antigonish High School in 2020, I take great pleasure in meeting every three months or so with old friends. No one around the table really cares who we were or what we did in the past. Having the time to sit around and reminisce is such a wonderful thing after busy lives.

But being older doesn’t mean that it’s time to take the foot off the gas. There’s still a lot of living to do. Staying engaged and maintaining friendships is crucial to happiness. This doesn’t mean that you have to lead the parade. Just make sure you’re in it.

I draw your attention to this notice from the Art House regarding a very special event this Saturday, December 8th to honour the life of the late David Miller:

Hello,

We just wanted to remind everyone of the celebration of David Miller’s life and contribution to the Antigonish Community. The celebration will be from 3-6pm at The Arts House on Dec. 8th.

We are reaching out today to announce that there will be a formal program from 3:30-4:30 with music and words of remembrance from people who knew David closely. We want to ensure everyone who is interested in attending this part of the celebration knows when it is happening

There will be refreshments, tea and coffee available throughout the afternoon. We hope to see you there and please pass this message on to anyone that would like to know about the details of this event

 

All the best,
The Arts House Team

Have a great weekend.

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