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Wide open to retirement ideas #ramble

Wide open

It’s Sunday morning and so I open my mind and its jumble of ideas and share the myriad of thoughts that swirl around inside my head each day. People think I’m a little crazy for doing unusual things. My sister asked where I got my new hat from yesterday and I said ’Shanghai’, she laughed but wasn’t surprised. My friend in Shanghai travelled to Bulgaria yesterday. I helped her confirm her hotel booking. I’m not just wide open to new ideas, I’m wide open to new experiences too.

wide open aperture

The picture is of a bramble in my garden, notice the bokeh background. Bokeh is that blur you get when using a wide open aperture. This wide open aperture shot was with a 300mm lens but I hope to shoot with an even wider aperture this week when I do some portraits using a 35mm prime with the aperture wide open. Yes, I have a model to practice on!

Maths

These retirement ideas involve young people and so that helps keep my mind young, if not my body. I was asked, via Skype, for help with maths the other evening. Now doing maths must help keep your mind active. Right? So I dragged myself off my bed and went to fetch a pen. That exercise was difficult, I haven’t done much in the way of maths for about fifty years.

X = (1-4squared)-(3-6cubed)

Can you find X? I did have to think about it but got it in the end…

Advice

I try to offer good advice to young people and students and be a good mentor. They don’t always take my advice and when they have problems because they made unwise decisions, I simply advise them to learn from their mistakes and move on. They have to be wide open to new experiences and new people and that makes them vulnerable. It saddens me to see them unhappy but bad experiences affect most of us even with the best advice. Young people have always been adventurous and ignored the cautionary advice of the older and wiser generations. Mankind often progresses because of the adventurous nature of the young, but they pay the price when things go wrong. In retirement, we know that to be adventurous can also mean being naive to the dangers and risks.

Tibetan monks

I don’t just lie on my bed doing maths for overseas students I also watch TV. The other night it was a programme about China and featured Tibetan monks. They meditate and open their minds to new thoughts. Are their minds wide open or are they as closed as the communities they live in? They are considered to be a source of wisdom. Perhaps, unlike many of the young people who go to them for advice on pilgrimages, they appear wise because they have had the time to think about life’s important questions? However, not all older people have acquired wisdom during their long lives and so they don’t have the respect of the young.

Anyway, I think I’ll end with some pictures. I might wander around taking photos today, with a wide open aperture and a mind that is wide open to new experiences and new people.

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