Doing What You Want

Doing What You Want

Most people think it would be wonderful to be at a point in life where you can just do what you want to do.

I suppose it’s better than being in a position where you cannot do anything you want. But, it sure has its downsides, too.

This testimonial from Christopher Parkening really hit home with me. Parkening, arguably the best classical guitarist on the planet, accomplished what he always wanted to do: he retired at 30, got a ranch, and spent his time trout fishing.

But, after four years of that, he felt empty and purposeless (my paraphrasing). He ultimately dedicated his life to Christ and went back to playing guitar, but this time to honor God.

After being retired for a little over two years, I can certainly identify with Parkening. It’s great for a while to do only what you want to do. But, after a while, a sort of emptiness sets in. You begin to wonder “is this all there is” and to wonder how you can feel some sense of purpose again.

So, this is the situation I must deal with, and I will deal with it. I mainly wanted to let you know that your day-to-day challenges may be something to be thankful for, as well as to grumble about.

Leave a Reply