This week my Dad celebrated his 75th birthday. In honor of him, I would like to tell you a little bit about him.
My Dad is the coolest ever! Always ready with a listening ear and helpful advice.
Many times, when I would go visit him and Mom, we would stay up late into the night having deep theological discussions. Having problems with school? Just ask Dad! He was always there to help me. Frequently, when I called and immediately asked for Dad, Mom knew something was wrong, whether it was my computer or a backed-up sink.
He’s been through several changes in his life; being laid off, moving several times to different states, changing jobs, retiring and changes in his health.
Change is as hard for him as it is anyone else, yet he embraces it with such grace.
How? I’m sure it is because he has never lost his curiosity.
“I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious.”
– Albert Einstein
Always curious about the world, my dad, Martin, is constantly learning, experiencing and growing. As a young child he would read the encyclopedia just for fun! He was always taking things apart and putting them back together again.
An engineer by trade, he has had many hobbies including woodworking, golfing, biking, photography, gem cutting, making stained glass windows, and reading. He even sewed himself a suit! He is most avid about woodworking. He makes beautiful bowls and vases with his lathe. He also turns pens. You can check out some of his work here.
Never Stop Learning
After retirement, most people would rest, relax, take it easy. Not Dad! He threw himself into his wood turning. He created a business and website. He sold several pieces in galleries. No naps for him in retirement! Life was good.
As you can imagine, turning wood is a very physical endeavor. He stands at the lathe for hours and then sands and polishes to create the final product.
Two years ago he was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that affects his muscles. Sometimes his voice temporarily quits working, sometimes his legs quit working. He is on medication to control the disease. This has been a major change in his life. No longer could he spend hours daily in his shop working on his passion.
But he doesn’t wallow in self-pity. He is a voracious reader and a great story-teller. Just ask his grandkids about his exciting bedtime stories! Now he is taking that story-telling ability and writing a series of short stories.
“Unless you do something beyond what you’ve already mastered, you will never grow.”
– Ronald E. Osborne
When life takes an unexpected turn, don’t just sit there! Learn something new. Change is hard but don’t look back. Keep looking forward!
You might try your hand at crossword puzzles or Sudoku. Check out web courses on Udemy or Creative Live. If you love to read, pick a different genre of book. It could be a new hobby like sewing or pottery. Find a class, in your area, of a hobby that interests or think might interest you. You will learn something new and make a few friends in the process. It might just be the thing that keeps you going.
What have you learned new lately?