Episode 094 Retirement and A Work of Love
Twenty-one years ago we retired. I was forty-four years old. I always thought that once I retired I would do exactly what I wanted, and that someday, I might not only do exactly what I wanted, but get paid for it as well. I would work at something I really did want to do on a daily basis and, at the same time, something that society would value; value enough to pay me for it. It never happened.
This is Retirement Talk. I’m Del Lowery.
It rarely happens; where you get paid for something you’d do for free. I know some people that say they love their work. I was one. But, once I quit getting paid for it, I never went back. My mind went elsewhere, as well as my body. I recently made contact with an old friend of mine who has had the opposite experience. He retired and then did exactly what he wanted to do, and he does get paid for what he is doing. This is his story. And perhaps, just perhaps, you can pick up some hints that will make something similar happen to you.
My friend’s name is Lewis. I met him in
We worked together to help establish and maintain the local
chapter. We held monthly meetings. We wrote letters to government officials
around the world. We wrote letters to prisoners. Most of the letters went
unanswered. We continued to write. We hosted educational and outreach events in
Then we retired and left the state. A few years later, Lewis
He created an organization entitled “The Environmental Defender Law Center”, EDLC. You can visit their website at www.edlc.org. He approaches large, established law firms and encourages them to do pro bono work on behalf of people in distant lands who are having their human rights denied because of some position they have taken because of environmental issues; thus the merging of human rights, the environment, and law.
Lewis use to tell me that he has probably changed from
levies into a pinstriped suit in airport bathrooms more than anyone in the
world. Lewis likes to wear the old blue denim levies. He traveled in them; all
over the place. But, work called for other attire. Thus the change into a suit
was usually made in airports. Lewis is a
I recently got an email telling me that the ELDC had changed
its webpage and email address. I contacted Lewis and found out a couple of
things. They have now moved to
This is Retirement Talk.