Old guy goes into a bar…
What comes after that standard opening line? Silence. A deafening silence… a blinking cursor… a blank screen staring back at the writer. The old writer. The guy going into the bar.
Let me introduce myself. In 2015, I retired from a 35-year writing career. Four months later, I turned 70. Those two milestones had a larger-than-anticipated impact on my self-image and my lifestyle.
Okay, okay, I had anticipated some of the changes. I knew, for example, that 70 is not the new 40. And that retirement would be different from working every day. (Duh!) But I didn’t anticipate the degree of different I would feel as a 70-year-old retired guy.
So I began writing about it. I enjoyed writing about it so much that I wondered if other people might be interested in following my journey. Eventually, I decided to create this blog: Old Guy.
I wrote the first Old Guy post – “Life changing” – in early 2016. Over the next few months, I wrote 8 or 9 other segments that described what was going on in my transitional life at the time. When read in sequence, those early posts describe the sequence of a changing lifestyle. At the beginning of that sequence, my wife and I lived in a three-story house; today, we live in a condo. And life is good.
More currently, my Old Guy writings will explore other aspects of my old guy lifestyle after making the initial transitional moves.
Bottom line: Old Guy is envisioned as a description of, and reflection upon, one person’s journey from who he was to who he is… a journey that ultimately results, I hope, in understanding and celebrating the limitations and advantages of being an old guy.