Everyone Forever Now – “Stoop Sitting”
In reverse. Stoop sitting was responsible for having me live my working life in reverse. Even as a four year old boy growing up in Regina, Saskatchewan I loved to sit on the stoop.
A valuable stoop lesson. Thirty years ago I was stoop sitting in front of my apartment with Don, the crusty World War I veteran. Don looked at me and said that retirement was wasted on the old and that a young guy like me (I was about 25 at the time) should retire. It sounded crazy on the surface but upon further reflection I took Don’s advice to heart.
Retire before working. Don was instrumental in inspiring me to live my live in reverse. I was retired from 20 to 35, I was in semi-retirement from 35 to 55 and now at 55 I am coming out of retirement. You just never know what you might learn by sitting on the stoop!
Stoop video. Are you taking the time to disengage and refresh and reconnect? I enjoyed and appreciated the video below by By Will Hoffman & Daniel Mercadante on Stoop Sitting.
Listen and look. Listen carefully to the words and watch the images as you think about how you might engage in stoop sitting.
…relaxing, enjoying the sunshine, I’m not busy I’m just relaxing, I just like to sit out here, taking it easy, it makes you feel like you have a place, it may seem like we are not doing anything…it is like solitude to me…being yourself…enjoying life.
You might not even need a stoop to sit on but can you capture these energizing experiences?
Watch the stoop. If the video does not appear in this window, click here.