Anytime I decide to skip the important topics of the day to write about myself or events in my own life my most beloved critics give me the third degree about the fact no one reads this column to find out what’s going on in my life. I don’t disagree with my critics, but for the last few weeks I have been too busy making changes in my life to even notice that my television is beginning to be bombarded with political ads from politicians promising me a better life and affordable health care.
My father always understood life is short, so every time you get the chance to enjoy life you had better take advantage of it. After several years of trying to run the family business I inherited from my father, it occurred to me that my heart was no longer in it, and if I was every going to enjoy what’s left of my life I had to make a change.
After 15 years in business, I have decided to try something new and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I have no idea what my future holds, but make no mistake, I plan on finding happiness.
For all of you who ask, “What are you going to do?” Well, I’m not old enough to retire, so I will not be leaving the workforce. To be honest, I cannot predict what the future holds for me, but for starters I’m going enjoy spending time with my wife and children and appreciate them each and every day.
I’m going to enjoy a real vacation with my family for the first time in years in the coming months, and I’m going to find that buried treasure on the beach with my metal detector.
I’m going to attend church regularly and count my blessings on both hands and just let this old world continue to spin around me. I’m going to continue to write this column for as long as they will let me and I’m going to do my best to keep you entertained.
I’m going to take the advice I heard in last Sunday’s sermon and take a walk and actually see the beauty this world has to offer.
For all the people in the community who have allowed me the pleasure of working on your behalf, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love each and every one of you, but life is short, my friends, and I hope you understand. I will still be around in the community, only a phone call away if you ever need me, only I will no longer be tied to a desk dreaming about the wonders of the world around me.
It’s been an honor to serve you over the years and may God bless you all.
Jimmy Parker lives in Erwin. Contact him at email@example.com.