Adventures in Retirement- Step up and help the world become a better place

Written by Bill Leavitt. Posted in Senior Living

Published on June 04, 2019 with No Comments

Jimmy Buffett has a song called “Cultural Infidel.” It talks about “accountability.” It made me remember that when I go to football games or other events where our flag is displayed and we sing the National Anthem, it is mainly the older Americans who show respect for our country, taking off their hats, putting their hands over their hearts, and displaying a proud face.  This song made me realize that our generation is more patriotic than some of the younger generations.  We love our country and want it to be a better place.

Maybe there is something that we seniors can do about that.  Jimmy says, “Someone’s got to talk about accountability.  Someone’s got to raise some hell.  I guess it could be me.”

If you have some spare time and you want to do something good with it, perhaps you can step up and do something about it.  I can’t suggest specifics, but you can at least serve as a good example.  Show respect for the flag and your country.  Hold doors open for people.  Smile and demonstrate consideration for others.

Maybe we can remind others that we all should be accountable for making the world a better place.

Speaking of Jimmy Buffett, he has many other ideas that are philosophical in nature if you think about them.  “Mental Floss” is a song that talks about cleaning your mind of negative, wasteful thoughts.  “Cheeseburger in Paradise” addresses how something simple can be wonderful if you haven’t had it for a while.  “Only Time Will Tell” shows how useless it is to worry about things you can’t change.

These songs help remind me to appreciate life and try to be a better person.

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About Bill Leavitt

All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Bill Leavitt is a technical writer from Valparaiso. After retiring from a large corporation in Chicago, he did technical writing consulting for many companies. He currently teaches part-time at Purdue University Calumet. You can order Leavitt’s book, “Retirement: Life’s Greatest Adventure,” by sending $16.65 (includes shipping and sales tax) made payable to Write On Technical Writing, Inc., P.O. Box 132,Valparaiso, IN 46384-0132. Or, visit for more information.

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