“Jim what are you going to do now that you’ve retired?” Walter asked Jim on his last day at work.
Jim looked thoughtfully at Walter and sighed before he answered. “All my life I’ve worked to take care of someone else. Now I’m going to take care of me.”
Jim left the place where he had been employed for forty years. He dreamed of this day. He worked hard to reach this day and now it was here. He was free to live and pursue his dreams.
Jim grew up in a very strict religious home. His father was a pastor and their family lived by a very rigid code of behavior. There was no television in their home. Music was not allowed, unless it was gospel or church music. Jim and his brothers and sisters were not allowed to go to the movies or participate in any kind of social activity in school or their neighborhood.
Jim finished high school and went to college. Here Jim was exposed to different types of music and discovered that he not only loved music but he had an ear for playing. By the time he graduated from college Jim could play the guitar, saxophone and trumpet. Because none of these types of instruments were welcomed in his church he hid the fact that he was a musician from his family. When he married and started a family he shared his love of music with his wife Carrie but she didn’t share his enthusiasm for music.
Jim was a devoted husband and father. He was a faithful member of his father’s church and a hard worker.But only his wife knew that on Friday nights Jim would travel a hundred miles to another city to play with a band. It was Jim’s reprieve from a mundane life. It was the only time that he was free to live his dreams. Jim was such a good musician that he had many offers to play full time but he knew that he couldn’t leave the security of his job with his responsibilities to go after what he wanted.
Jim was not playing for a band but he started to write and sell music under a pen name. Many of his songs were being played and recorded on stations around the country. People around the country knew Jim’s music but didn’t know Jim.
When Jim retired he was now ready to come out of obscurity and live the life he dreamed for. Jim’s creative awakening came when most people are content to do nothing but relax for the rest of their lives. Jim was sixty five when he started a new career as a musician with his own band and became known as a songwriter.
It doesn’t matter what our age is you can have a creative awakening.