Reinventing Myself

I’m happy with me. I always have been. I like who I am and I like what I do. But we only get one life to live, and that life is getting shorter every day. My daughter and I just moved from Washington State to Maine.

I’d be lying if I claimed I’m not a little homesick and a bit scared about the future. The honeymoon phase of being in a new place is about over. Now what? I want something new, something different. I have a goal: reinventing myself.

Who knows how much longer I have left to roam this planet? I surely don’t. You always hear people say to live each day like it’s your last. As I get older, that’s exactly what I want to do.

As a teacher by trade, it’s what I know. I’ve already made some connections here in Upper New England and will likely be teaching as an adjunct professor. But I want more than that. My goal is to do something totally new, different. What is that? I’m not exactly sure, but I’m confident it will be revealed in time.

Here are a few possibilities:

  1. Get connected to the local music scene and play live music.
  2. Make connections into the TV/film industry to place my electronic music.
  3. Write another book and find an agent and a publisher.
  4. Buy a nice camera and get serious about photography.
  5. Find a business interest and get involved in a brand new trade.
  6. Just go and work at a simple retail job part time.
  7. Travel up and down the East Coast and write about those trips.
  8. Eat more healthy and get more exercise.
  9. Meet a great partner and excel together.
  10. Get my passport and visit Iceland, England, and Finland.
  11. Some of all of the above.

There are no right or wrong answers. Currently, my life is still in limbo. I own two pieces of real estate on opposite sides of the country. I have cars here and there. I’m helping my 17-year-old daughter get her education and work experience. What’s next? Time will reveal.

Still, you can’t just sit around with a build-it-and-they-will-come mentality. If you want something, you have to go after it. That’s why I’m going to be working on reinventing myself.

Maybe, I’ll just stop working altogether and visit the ocean several times a week, drink coffee in small New England cafes, and walk the beach for a couple of hours a day.┬áMaybe, I’ll go explore the mountains of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, hike, snowshoe, and seek out all the little country stores along the winding highways.

Maybe, I’ll spend time remodeling the condo. Or maybe, I’ll buy a second property, a small house further up the coast, and rent this place out.

The truth is that I don’t know exactly how I’ll be reinventing myself, but it’s exactly what I’ll be doing. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.