And So It Begins

” IT ”

What is IT?

IT is retirement, defined as withdrawal from one’s position or occupation or from active working life.Sounds terrible if put into words like this.

These thoughts caused me to seriously consider the rest of my life. In August 2012, I made my first L List. Instead of a bucket list I called it the L List with the L short for living, laughing and loving. Now with a new beginning in front of me, it is time to review and adjust the list.

Life didn’t pass me by during the past three years.There were  difficult times, desperate times, good times and the just so times.

I had to adjust many of my expectations and dreams for the future. In some ways this turned out to be good as I had to rethink who I am and what I want to do with the rest of my life. On the other hand, there are many might have beens, which I had to let go.

Now it is time to live, love and laugh  even more.

Although I know that I don’t have control over all events  in my life, I also know that I have certain choices.

The choice to sit back and let life wash over me, or to change that which I can.

The choice to plan ahead and to never stop learning and developing as a person, or to stagnate and stay where I am.

The choice to stay young at heart and to enjoy life.

The choice to try new things even if I fail, or to forever wonder what it would have been like.

In the light of the above, here are some changes to the original list.

L  is for learning

Learning french still is high on the list for this year. After a year I mastered some very elementary french. Now I am ready to try the next level and will continue attending classes. Maybe even attend french classes in Provence. Hopefully when I return to the class all will not be blah blah blah anymore.

L is for living.

This year travelling is high on my living list. First for a short visit to Italy and France and later in the year to fulfill a dream of many years, I plan to return to France and stay for a longer period of time. ( Hope I will have the courage to do so. )

Finish writing those stories from my childhood.

Live healthy life  with lots of excercise and healthy eating habits.

Sort out and get rid of unnecessary stuff.


L is for loving.

Loving my family and friends in more practical ways.

Strengthening  friendships old and new, no more excuses such as I don’t have enough time.

Loving and building a relationship with my grandson.

L is for laughing

Find something to laugh at everyday.

Find someone to laugh with everyday .

Laugh more at myself and my own silly mistakes.

Laugh at life’s small disasters.

Now it is time to take the first steps into “IT” and to live, love, laugh everyday.




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