What would I tell my younger self?

Five years ago I could never have imagined how I spend my life these days. I retired from public education three years ago. That was frightening at the time. What would I do I thought. How should I re-invent myself. There was a lot of angst. Since then, I’ve found new life as a volunteer in a soup kitchen and a food pantry. I’ve become a prolific writer. I’ve learned to program robots, write Python code,  and teach others to do the same. Recently I began helping local authors get published using Lulu.com. I gratefully reflect on the direction of my life. It is anything but dull. I’m far from retired. I’ve merely changed direction. In retrospect I’d tell my younger self to “be open.” Openness, humility and serendipity are keys to a happy life.