Retirement Guys: Hope for a new season (of life)Written by Nolan Baker Mark Clair | | firstname.lastname@example.org
If you know me (Mark) very well, you know that I am a big sports fan and am a lifelong fan of all Detroit sports teams (since I grew up in the Detroit area). I am especially a big fan of the Detroit Tigers.
It is obvious when you come into my office, sit down and look up at the wall and notice the many framed photos of me and some of my boyhood Tiger heroes such as Willie Horton and Mickey Lolich.
These photos were obtained when my wife Lisa, for my 50th birthday, sent me to The Detroit Tiger Fantasy Camp for one of the most fun and thrilling times of my life. I got to hang out with some of the ex-Tiger players and they were my coaches as I played baseball with fellow Tiger fans ranging in age from 21 to into their 80s. What a fun time — even though on the second day I blew out a hamstring running to first base.
This love of baseball led me to a rebirth of sorts. A new career. I was speaking at The Retirement Guys’ public workshop we hold periodically and mentioned how I used to love playing some serious softball in my younger days, how I used to love playing on a team, hanging out with the fellas and doing my best to help win the game.
A guy by the name of Fritz came up to me afterward and told me that I ought to consider playing in the Sylvania Senior Softball League. I expressed to Fritz my reservations of being too old and fat and not being able to run. He told me not to worry about it and that I would be able to do just fine. I was not so sure. I was so scared about being able to function on the baseball field that after I made the decision to “make a comeback,” I hired a personal trainer to get me to the point that I could survive. I lost 25 pounds of fat and gained 10 pounds of muscle at last check, and yes, I survived the first season after a 21-year layoff, even though I blew out that dreaded hamstring. It was a total fun time and I was really impressed with how organized the league is and how good the players are at ages 50 and older. Many of the players are over 60 and a lot of these guys are still hitting the ball over the fence and motoring around the bases. At 52, I felt a lot of these older guys were running circles around me. Our Fricker’s #3 team started out 4-1, but sadly then lost 5 in a row. Our hopes for the title went down with our losing streak.
The great thing about baseball is there is always hope for a new season. Although our Fricker’s team ended up in seventh place there is always hope for next year. And next year is here! Spring has sprung and it is time to get ready for a new season. My Tigers have gotten off to a decent start being in first place and the season starts soon for Fricker’s #3 (with a new cast of characters since they re-pick the teams every year). And, guess what? The Retirement Guys will be sponsoring a team this year! The team will play on Tuesday nights at Pacesetter Park in Sylvania, so come on out and root them to victory.
Since we are The Retirement Guys, what does all of this have to do with retirement planning you ask? We are a big believer in enjoying every phase of life. Especially retirement. Maybe it is time for you to explore a “new career,” or make a “comeback.” It’s not too late to do something. Figure out what it is and go for it. Fun and quality of life are what we are all about and you should be, too. By the way, if you want to come see me play, starting May 15, I will be playing on Thursdays. It will be a scary sight, but come on out and say hello. One last thing: My friend Marty called me and let me a voicemail. He said, “Mark, I got us on the same team this year. I had to trade for you, though.” I about died laughing when I heard this message. I hope he did not trade more than a 10th round draft pick or some stale Peeps from his Easter basket. What a riot. Play ball!
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