Yesterday I enjoyed the opportunity to review a home being purchased by my son who is about to graduate from college and begin a career teaching science. His excitement was measured; albeit profound and obvious. He’s been hired by an excellent institution and is poised for a wonderful future. His optimism is understandable.
Conversely, I recently crossed into my 60’s and heard several Negative Nellies state that turning sixty means I’m done. My high school English teacher would contend any statement that Steve is “done” would be incorrect. I believe she would respond with something akin to, “Although you probably meant to say, ‘Steve is finished,’ I believe you’re incorrect. I know Steve Fowler and finished isn’t in his vocabulary.” She’d be correct.
Yes, I’ve crossed beyond the threshold of sixty, but “finished” isn’t part of the equation. So long as souls are being lost across the globe due to accidents and lack of access to technology, I have a mission. A goal.
My personal goal for the remaining time I have in this life is to save as many lives as possible. Yes, there are challenges and the tasks are daunting, but that doesn’t dissuade my sincere desire to leverage the experience, contacts, and knowledge I’ve gained in this life to achieve that goal. I’m honored by the privilege to engage in the safety arena, while remaining humbled by the opportunity and sheer professionalism of those with whom I share this space and goal.
I’m neither done, nor finished. Moreover, my son doesn’t have an exclusivity on optimism. I share his optimism, both for his future and my personal goal of doing what I can to save as many lives as possible in the coming decades.
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