The year I retired from the Gazette, the inevitable occurred. I got invited to join every bank board and municipal agency in town. The service clubs came calling. And that’s just local. Because my ethnic heritage felt I had extra time on my hands, I could give even more energy to the cause.
So I decided to prioritize. I volunteer where I can, write stories every day for the Armenian papers, interview some of the greatest Armenians in the world to tell their stories, and give something back to my profession and my heritage.
I feel both responsible and energized.
I wake up in the morning, thankful for being alive, and ready to face my day with what comes naturally. Included in my daily itinerary is a workout, whether it’s at home or with my friends.
Look at it this way. To make a success out of your advanced age, don’t feel old. Just act young. And don’t forget to smile.
Writer and photographer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.