Hell of a Guy

These Days…

06/23/2016

These days I am a kept man. Having retired nearly four and a half years ago I quickly realized that job I had for twenty-nine years definitely got in the way of my personal life. These days I do as little as possible and volunteer for nothing, at all. Life is good!

These days I am a kept man. The Nancy, to whom I am happily married to and deliriously in love with, keeps me in the lifestyle I came to appreciate as a working stiff. She, too, retired, but she wanted to keep working and I encouraged her, for my benefit, to follow her bliss. Life is good!

These days, while not as vigorous or virile as I once was, am quite satisfied knowing at age 72 I do not have to be, nor am I supposed to be. And, come to think of it, I do not want to be, for if I were, more would be expected of me. I choose to not live up to others expectations. Life is good!

These days, after denying the existence of a higher power for most of my adult life, find I am a spiritual person, and even occasionally go to church. My mother, the Methodist preacher’s daughter, would be proud of me, and so am I. Life is good!

These days I often think of family, those close to me and those not so close. I have a wife I dearly love, daughters I dearly love, brothers I dearly love and other family and friends I get to love, as well. Life is good!

These days, like today, I get to travel to places like this one. I am sitting in the lobby of the Sheraton Grand in Chicago looking out at the Chicago River and a nearby bridge where there is a guy blowing hundreds of bubbles, allowing the wind to catch them and spread them in the air across the roadway. Why does he do this? I do not have a clue, but is it beautiful to watch. It makes me happy. Life is good.

These days I take it all in with a grain of salt. The world is a beautiful, fucked up place where some terrible people live to do horrible things. A place, too, where babies are born who will grow to do wonderful things. A place where one day the good will far and away outweigh the bad. And for that, life is good.

And that is all I have to say about that…

 
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