Half a Century
Well this is it. This is the year I turn 50 ... that's a half a century ... I'm a pentagenarian!
Milestone birthday's always make me pause to reflect where I am on life's journey
I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth it? Richard Bach
To understand where you want to go in life, you must first look back on how you arrived at where you are today. After all, life is really just the sum of the choices we make along the way.
When I was young I wanted to be an archeologist
Or a veterinarian
but eventually I got my degree
in Electrical and Computer Engineering
and have had a wonderful career in the IT industry
I put my nose to the grindstone
Climbed the corporate ladder
and Invested wisely
So my husband and I could build enough of a nest egg
that we could both retire early
We packed our bags and moved
from the left coast to the right one
Now my days are filled with so many, many things
how did I ever find time to work ???
But I find myself asking the same question again and again ... What's next? After all I'm old enough to understand the many options I have and still young enough to do anything I want to. So how should I choose my "renaissance career"?
I started to brainstorm the thing that I love.
I love my husband
and together we have a passion for a lot of things
Hiking and Nature
Cooking and Eating
Turns out I am passionate about a lot of things in life, but the one thing that allows me to pursue all of my passions is my love of photography
So as I embark in my "over fifty years", I've decided to go from dabbling around in photography to dedicating the next year to this passion to see where it might lead me. I don't expect to become the next Ansel Adams, but I do hope to become the very best karenfoleyphotography that I can possibly be. Hopefully I'll pick up a few new skills, discover a new passion or two, and maybe - just maybe - learn a little more about myself and what "life after fifty" really means.
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Photo credits: Karen Foley.