• Phyllis Prestamo

It's Never too Late to Discover a Passion

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

Have you ever thought about what interests you? For years I thought of the things I would like to do, but stuff just got in the way---deadlines to meet, meetings to attend, spreadsheets to balance, a family to raise, weekend chores and the list goes on and on. Whether it's starting something brand new or just cultivating something that you love, now is the time for you to get moving.

After years of putting others first, it is hard to give yourself permission to do things that will bring you joy and happiness. One of the simplest things I began with was cooking and meal planning. For the last six years my job took up much of my time and getting home at 6:00 or 7:00 in the evening made it difficult to cook and my husband who works at home took over the task. He's a great cook, but when things got busy for him, we ate more convenience foods and probably spent more money at the grocery store. Cooking healthy wholesome food is something I have a passion for. I combed through old favorites, tried new things and locally sourced healthy options. I did though have other things on my long list:

  • Quilting - I have always been a sewer, but while working, I rarely had time to do anything but mending and altering. I had always wanted to experiment with quilting and started with simple small projects for the holidays. Pinterest has been a great resource for learning techniques and ideas for projects.

Thanksgiving Table Topper
  • Singing - I love to sing and I did do this while working both in my church choir and I am a member of the Hickory Tree Chorus. What I didn't have time to do was the things that happened outside of rehearsal - sing outs and performances. Sharing music in this way gives me such a good feeling.

Caroling in New Providence, NJ - That's me next to the snowman.
  • Bible Study - While working I attended, as much as I could, a Bible Study on Tuesday nights. It turned out that the teacher also does the same study on Tuesday morning. Another retiree and I started attending and now we have a new group of church friends that we didn't have before. I now have the time to actually do the homework and dig deeper in the study.

  • Exploring My Family Heritage - Many years ago I started researching my family history. I actually got back to the early 1800's on my paternal side and printed out plenty of documents ----where are they? Well, stored in a beautiful Victorian box. It is now time to get back into sorting this out and get serious. A good winter project I think and yes, both my husband and I did the 23andMe DNA test. Interesting stuff!

And now for the things I have always wanted to try, but didn't think I had the time or the talent to do:

  • Watercolor Painting - Since taking Art History in college and my visits to tons of museums, I have always wanted to try my hand at painting. I am drawn to the soft colors of watercolor and the way color moves on the paper and have decided to give it a try. Fortunately there are numerous online courses and I have found one I really enjoy. Just playing now, but it gives me great pleasure in the quiet of my own craft room.

  • Blogging - I have always been very techie and even have a Master's Degree in Educational Technology and love to write. With the help of my daughters who run their own marketing business Two Clever Sisters I decided to give it a try. The blog may never be read by anyone but me and maybe some friends, but it is an outlet I enjoy and hope others will find it helpful.

There are still things on the list and I am not sure I will ever get to them in this lifetime, but I will certainly try. Your interests may be very different than mine, but I think you get the idea. My husband is working on his golf game after taking a series of lessons and he practices his piano everyday---his Billy Joel is getting quite good. I told him if he keeps at it he could have a part time job playing at a piano bar.

It's never too late to pursue a passion---just think Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote and published the first of her Little House On the Prairie series at age 65 and finished her final book at 76, so what are you waiting for?

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