Its now been 7 months since I officially retired from IBM. In the beginning, I thought that I would just sit around and do nothing (and I basically did that)
But now I am getting busier.
- I have a part time job selling wines/liquors at a local wine shop.
- My client base for my computer consultant job has increased by 5, so I am seeing at least 2 people a week.
- I Volunteer once a week at the Hospital Rehab center I used for Physical and Aqua Therapy
I love doing all three of those things. The computer work is just natural for me and the majority of my clients are older folks (70+) that have computers, have problems, dont know where to turn and just need help
The volunteer work, well, thats just one small part I can give back to the Center that helped me back to my feet.
But what has really taken my heart and soul is working back in the wine industry. I started with that when I was 20 years old and spent many years perfecting my knowledge.
I read and read, drank and drank, went to classes, talked with wine experts and much more. By the time I was 25, I was close to a wine expert (and wanted to achieve the title
of wine sommelier. I ran dozens of wine tastings, at large centers and at private homes. I became president of a local chapter of a national Wine organization callled:
Les Amis Du Vin (Friends of Wine) Even while working for IBM, I still kept up my skills, ran many tastings and probably hit my peak when I organized several Wine and Food Dinners. Pairing wines with foods. I got to choose the wine and work with chefs to make sure we had the best foods to go with the wines I selected.
Ok, to some, this my be boring, but to me, it has re-ignited a flame that is now burning 1000 times brighter and stronger than it did in the past.
I am such a happy and fortunate man.. I have a family that loves me, I have all of you at Spine-Health who mean so much to me and now I am working in a field that was also such a big part of my heart
I am a lucky person and I am happy for every day I get up and do what I love to do.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences