Absolutely. And by overcoming shyness for the most part.

I had planned to retire from the airlines. But it was taking a serious toll on my body. And my work schedule was never good. I am far happier teaching guitar than loading airplanes. It was a difficult transition, but I wouldn’t want to go back to working for the airlines.

When I lost my job, we ended up having to sell our house to get out of debt. Which actually worked out good. My youngest daughter ended up getting through college on grants and scholarships due to me being “unemployed.” It took a while to build up enough students to live on so I was on unemployment for 13 weeks and then used up my severence pay while I got established teaching.

The girls started moving out shortly after and we were debt free for the first time since getting married. That was a huge relief. We can now live on less than half what we did with a family. Which is good since I make less than half of what I was making at the airlines. LOL. But my wife works and we only pay rent and the electric bill and groceries. We buy cars used and pay cash. So our living expenses are pretty low.

I am far happier now. There is an old saying, “Man plans and God laughs.” I never thought this would be the way my life went, but I am very thankful that it did.

Old bones. Young heart. Focusing on a wide variety of creativity. @markstarlin

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