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STOIC POETRY | A time for reinvention

Updated: Sep 4, 2021

I believe that Yumiko and I are as prepared for our new life together as we might hope to be. With our daughter leaving us this coming weekend to begin life on her own, we will then be left to fend for ourselves in terms of meaning, after almost two decades of having our identity and sense of purpose defined for us through the roles we choose and led as father and mother. Though we will always be Emily's mom and dad, these roles must now be a more distant, and an almost secondary - though that word has the wrong ring to it - identity to the new roles and reasons we must find to rise each morning and face another day, not like a man and woman lost without a compass, but as a mature couple refreshed with a new dawn and new opportunity to live another day under the sun. We must, like empty-nesters everywhere, and throughout time, now re-invent ourselves and our sense of purpose, and our relationship with one another and our routines, and almost every aspect of our lives.

I think we are both up to the task... As we have been to this place together before, having waited over a decade to become parents while amusing ourselves with years of life adventuring as a young couple in both Japan and the USA. I think we both therefore know and remember how to be something other than parents first; how to work and play, and live and love, and make good use of the time we have upon opening our eyes again each coming day at dawn. So, we will do it again. Another adventure together...not of place - though maybe that, too - but of living: new life, and new routines, and next challenges; to fill the coming hours, days, months and years - as long as these may few or as many...every day, for the rest of our lives. Together.


My name is Kurt Bell.

You can learn more about The Good Life in my book Going Alone.

Be safe... But not too safe.

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