At different times I have described the governing philosophy here at RalphCarlsonBlog. It has evolved over time from a frivolous, self indulgent and ultimately impotent ego trip to it’s present state as a window into the laboratory that is my current life.
Retiring raised my thinking about life to a new level and gave me focus that eluded earlier. When I defined myself as an employee, dependent for fulfilling my social obligations on pleasing individuals and organizations who would give me money in exchange, was dependent. Retirement gave me independence and the frightening glimpse of the hidden dimensions of life I had never recognized earlier. I changed how I thought about my life.
All along, the definition of my life style was largely out of my control. My life was a byproduct of the job I held. In my head, if I wanted to change that lifestyle, I needed to change my job. This system works fine so long as you keep working. When you stop working, it leaves you a cipher.
That was my dilemma. Who was I without my job and what would give my life meaning from now on? This might have taken me to a new commitment such as volunteer work or a serious hobby which would give me another facade to hide behind but I discovered a mind-blowing alternative which goes by the name of Lifestyle Design.
It took me in a whole new direction.