The Million Dollar Question

“Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.”
…..Oliver Wendell Holmes

There comes a time in life, when you reach an age when it seems like every second person asks you that age-old question,

“Are you retired yet?”

My definition of retirement is: 

“Being able to leave a job you had to do in order just to eke out a living in order to survive, to finally have the opportunity to do the things you have always wanted to do” 

I guess I have been retired for quite some time now, because I have been “doing the things I have always wanted to do” for a long time! I love music, I thoroughly enjoy working with my students, and I am consumed by efforts to apply Mother Tongue learning techniques to teaching young people how to create their own music as well as perform it. Thus, I have no intention of “retiring” from any of these activities. My overall plan is to continue as long as life allows. This decision comes after much careful deliberation about what I want to do with the rest of my life.

I am healthy, energetic and clear-of-mind. Yes, I did have a “heart event” in 2013, spending three days in RUH and receiving a stent. Since, I have undertaken an almost-daily exercise routine, including much walking and an hour of Tai Chi. My cardiologist released me from his care three years ago and my regular check-ups have been stellar. I can honestly say I feel better and stronger today than I did twenty years ago. Therefore, I will be sticking around, (hopefully for a very long time), and I hope I will be seeing all of you in the days, months and years to come.