The Intrepid Optimist webpage is for you, men and women, who’ve lived and enjoyed a full and exciting life and are still pursuing your dreams.
The idea came to me that when I realized that, on reaching the hypothetical retirement age, that quitting was the last thing that I was going to do. I have lived a pretty full and adventurous life, receiving an informal education at that famous establishment, the School of Hard Knocks.
How many of you over-fifties wish you could put that special story or great adventure on paper before it’s too late? Well you can now and here’s the place to do just that.
It has been said that every man over the age of fifty owes it to his children to write his biography. How I would love to have known more about my own father, who died when I was six months old. Sadly, apart from one photo, I have nothing of his life to pass on to my children. If only he had taken a little of his time to put on paper a few – however trivial -details of his past, which I could remember him by.
Writing an account of your life or sections of it does not mean that you have to produce a tome or a number one, Best Seller. Your story can be a singular or a series of the important or special incidents or adventures experienced in your own or your family’s life.
Should you have served in the armed services, the police or in the diplomatic corps, you must have experienced incidents or lived adventures you’d like to pass on. How many of you worked for your own, or even someone else’s government? There’s some great stories still to be told which took place during your professional careers or in your private lives and it’s not just your kin that want to hear them.
Perhaps you have a hotel, restaurant, bar, monastery, jail, safe house experience or even a book you want to write. Why not share those stories. People are waiting to read about them.
Do not put it off – put it on paper.