I’m in a rut, seeking a new passion to occupy me for this next chapter of my life. Unfortunately, practicing law for 32 years was all-consuming and, ultimately, less than satisfying. In my over three decades of lawyering, all the hobbies and interests I had in my younger days fell by the wayside. Further, having no spouse and no living parents, there are no family ties to distract me or keep me tied to one place. In the words of Alice Merton, “I’ve got no roots!”
I’m searching for a new passion to inspire me. Right now, I feel like I’m “doing time” until that inspiration hits. Since I retired in March 2018, I’ve been spending time rekindling old hobbies: built a dollhouse; completed the Lego Creator (Expert) Parisian Restaurant and Mini Cooper; and built a small coffee house display. Fun, right? Unfortunately, I have limited space in my little condo, so there is a limit to how much I can build!
I read an article where the author argued that one needs four things for an accomplished life. He claimed you need to first maximize your potential (physical, mental, & spiritual). I’m working on that daily. Second, you should build, create, design (write books, draw, make music, build a house). I am doing that too. Third, you need to live your own life (figure out your unique life purpose and follow your own path). Well, there’s the rub. I don’t know what my unique purpose is yet. Finally, he said you need to love others.
Steps Taken Towards Finding a New Passion
First, I need to make a decision on if and when to move. After mulling over whether to sell my condo, I did so, and at more than list price! I note that a recent article indicated that Nevada is the state with the highest projected increase in home values for 2019 – i.e., 14.4%. So, with talks of a recession in the offing, I’m glad I sold this year. But, where to move? Currently, I’m renting an apartment in southwest Vegas, close to Summerlin. It’s a quiet, gated community, but the traffic and people outside are horrendous! I definitely need to get out of the city.
After prodding from my older sister, I also began the process to get my Canadian citizenship certificate and passport. Under Canadian law, because my parents were Canadian by naturalization, I am Canadian too. I previously had a Canadian passport and Social Insurance card but lost them almost 40 years ago. It can’t hurt to have options in these grim political times! My older sister (who, like me, was born in the US) and my two Canadian siblings are discussing buying land or a home up in Canada. That might be an option for me if I can’t find a place I want to live in the U.S.
Second, I need to focus on the creative writing course I enrolled in at Udemy. In my youth, my passion was writing fiction. However, after years of writing legal decisions and opinions, I have lost my creativity. I want to rekindle that interest. I will begin to write something before the year is over!
Third, whether I’m moving or staying put, I need to start occupying my time with volunteering or a part-time job. I’ve been reluctant to do anything because I want to move. The worst thing is to find a job/volunteer position only to leave two months later. Been there, done that. I did work for one nonprofit and volunteered at three Pop Culture conventions this summer. However, since I will be renting in Vegas for a year, I need to work on something local. In December, I am volunteering at a Financial Literacy course for young adults. I will be playing the role of a clothes seller.
Finally, I need to get healthier. I lost some weight, but I feel extremely run down. It could be all the traveling, but I seem to be constantly tired and I caught everything (currently fighting a cold). I began meditating in the morning and will look into taking yoga classes. Update: I started intermittent fasting and feel a lot better. I am doing 18:6 currently, but plan to do longer fasts (24-36 hours) for the purported health benefits.