I've been painting and doing minor repair work in my house – something I'd promised myself I would do when I moved in 6 years ago, and kept putting off; I have planned 3 backpacking trips in the mountains for this summer. Two things have happened in my life that caused me to change my priorities. One was getting laid off from my professional engineering career and not being able to get another engineer job; the second was turning 60. I realized I had sacrificed my youth for a career and to please others, and finally realized that I had pleased no one, and that if I didn't start doing the things I wanted to do, that one day soon I would find that I was too old and could not do what I wanted. I am really looking forward to this year!

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