In my former career as a project manager, I worked with people. Many people. Engineers, Financial Analysts, Contracting, etc. The job provided many opportunities for interactions. Some days, having a moment to myself would be a luxury. I usually waited until after 4 pm when the office began to quiet down to catch up on my email and other things.
Now I am retired from that career, I have plenty of time to myself. I get to concentrate on many of my priorities. Quite a contrast from my previous life. This brings me to the following quote by Henry David Thoreau (pictured above):
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
Unlike Thoreau, I like my living conveniences such as microwave, computer, etc., essential or not. But I appreciate what Thoreau was seeking. There is a time sooner or later when one comes to face-to-face with oneself and asks the question, Have I really lived?
Whether Thoreau confronted his inner self at the Walden, I don’t know. I certainly have contemplated this question or something similar in nature since my retirement. I consider it is time well spent as I am learning what is really important to me at this stage of my life.
Although the answer to the question is as unique as each individual, one thing is certain; better ask the question sooner rather than later.