Author, Judy Howard’s mailing address is Sun City, California, but you will rarely find her there. Instead, you might find the top ranking Amazon author strapped in at the race track ready to check out the Mario Andretti Racing Experience or cruising down Route 66.
Of one thing, you can be sure she is living up to a quote by Henry Thoreau, Howard questions, “How vain is it to sit down and write, when you have not stood up to live?”
As this year finishes out its last
stretch, I am spending a lot of my time trying to make life decisions about
work and retirement. I am fortunate to have many options to choose from and
believe me I have wrestled with them during the wee hours of the morning,
twisting them, turning them, holding them up to the light, and examining them
under the calculator. In my mind I have juggled and computed numbers until dawn’s
The decisions I make today may
change in six months because the ones I made six months ago have. I don’t
admonish myself for my indecision but instead look at it like a woman in the
dressing room, trying on clothes. I’ve donned the coveralls of work and although they are very comfortable and my pockets are full, if I wear them, I have
little time to dress up in the gowns of leisure. I have tried on
casual-but-dressy, the Dockers, and lounged in the coziness of sweats. Not sure
what fits me best, I have settled on a varied wardrobe for now. Swimming up stream is slow and sometimes futile if the current is strong. I'll go with the flow and enjoy the scenery.
A grooming smock for work, comfy
sweats for writing, jeans and t-shirt for traveling, and a couple dressy tops
for seminars, book signings and workshops. What can I say? I came up in the
sixties and am unable to kick the philosophy that I can do it all. The sky's the limit.
"That which you manifest is before you." A quote from Enzo, the dog in the book, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN.
I will enjoy my life and remember that as I struggle with the verdicts in life, that moment of absolute certainty never comes.I will make the best decision I can and then let it go.