My greatest creative years are still ahead

Note to self: Never create a self-portrait the day after accompanying small children to the circus.

Note to self: Never create a self-portrait the day after accompanying small children to the circus.

The greatest creative years of my life are coming.

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I feel that.

With the close of the Tucson Citizen daily newspaper in 2009 I, along with many of my cohorts in the newspaper business, was propelled into a new an unexpected universe of challenges and opportunities.

New skills and new experiences were needed to negotiate an opening sea with no bottom.

At the time the Citizen closed I was 56 years old.

Yesterday I turned 65.

It is far from the world I had expected it would be when I hit retirement age. A nation divided. A Supreme Court seemingly bent on disrupting protections for women and minorities. A congress and president equally intent on making the poor suffer and the rich richer. Journalists termed “fake news” by blatant liars from the top.

Arts organizations in disarray. The world a crazy quilt of chaos, racism and fear.

But in the end we work with what we have, and try to make a difference where we can.  And if we don’t keep working the world only gets worse.

And so I push myself into the headwind, double down on my commitments and find partners, new and old, to keep moving forward together. Well, that and try to laugh in spite of it all.

 

 

 

~ by Daniel Buckley on June 4, 2018.

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