Living Out Loud

Final year in the fifties


“Wake the neighbors! Get the word out! Come on, crank up the music, climb a mountain and shout! This is life we’ve been given, made to be lived out … so live out loud.”


Monday was the 30th anniversary of my 29th birthday. That’s the way Wayne puts it. I say I turned 59 years old.

With only 364 days left before I turn the BIG 60 there could be lots of things to do. Should I make a bucket list? Maybe the bucket list should be made for things I want to accomplish or go see or do after I turn 60. What do you think?

I was thinking it could be like Jan. 1 when many of us make those ridiculous New Year resolutions. I could resolve to be in better health by the time I turn 60. I could resolve to make a schedule and stick to it. I could resolve to be more frugal with our money.

WOW! Those sound great don’t they? I would really benefit from all of those.

And I’ll probably keep those resolutions just about as long as I kept them Jan. 1, 2016, Jan. 1, 2015, Jan. 1, 2014... You see where I’m going with this, right?

So maybe I should take another avenue. Maybe it is time for a change in some areas of life. There are several things I’d like to see change, including all of those I mentioned in the resolution ramble.

If you could what would you change in your life? I don’t mean diet and stuff like that. I think that one is pretty much a given with most of us. Healthy is a good goal but I’m talking something deeper.

Are you happy every day or at least most of the time? It is a real drag if you have to go to the grind day in and day out and just cringe at the thought of getting up.

Most of us just “suck it up buttercup” and head on off for eight hours, plus or minus, not even thinking about it. But back to my question. Are you happy? Is there joy in your life?

I’ve learned that you are the only one who can do anything about that. We often look for pleasure, answers, salvation from whatever in some of the most foolish places and people.

If you are unhappy do you think that mood is going to improve by hanging out with a group of gloomy Gussies like you? As Dr. Phil says, “How’s that been working out for you?”

Surround yourself with people and activities that make you smile. Yes, sometimes we have to do things we don’t want to do, but look for the good in it or at least “fake it ‘til you make it!”

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