“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Retirement, like autumn, is the stage of life when we are given the opportunity to turn in a new direction. The naiveté of early life is gone. The heat of career striving and money making has abated. Resources are put away like preserves. The light of awareness is sharp. We can stride unburdened into whatever we want.
Crisp is the opposite of stale. Crisp is energetic, snappy. Crisp is fresh and bracing and demanding of living in the moment, aware that all things must pass, but in the meantime we have the privilege of relishing the now, equipped and undistracted like never before.
Life starts all over again. Another chance is always a gift.