Going in Style

When I began my retirement travel adventures over six years ago I never envisioned the places I would see and the experiences I would gobble up in LifePart2. Even though I view my adventures as part of a life well lived, many people see what I have undertaken as, somehow, risking it all. My story has resonated with the folks over at Warner Brothers Pictures, and they have asked me to help get the word out about their new movie “Going in Style” which opens on April 7th. The movie is a story of three friends who, for the first time, take a step off of the straight and narrow to retrieve the retirement money, which they earned, from a bank that has absconded with it. Crazy idea for a plot and I can’t wait to see it.

While the movie, which stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Cane, and Alan Arkin, (what a cast!) is largely about breaking out of comfort zones, it also reflects my belief that just because you grow older, you don’t always have to be “grown up.” For instance, when Sarah and I told people we were going to run in the London Marathon, then immediately fly down and walk across Spain, many thought we were crazy, but we simply saw it as making the most of our time. One of my favorite quotes, usually attributed to Mark Twain says, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did.” I guess we have to see if these guys are disappointed (or if they got twenty years in jail.)

Sarah Trekking Tiger Leaping Gorge

Sarah Trekking Tiger Leaping Gorge

Sometimes to have a good life, and click off some of those items on your bucket list, you just have to spread your arms, hold your breath and make a leap of faith. It can seem scary at first but try it a hundred times, and you may find that limiting, (falsely) protective, bubble you have been living in is gone, and a world of possibilities has opened up to you. I am not advocating doing what the three buddies in the film did to regain control of their lives, but there are always steps we can take, no matter our age, to push our boundaries, surprise ourselves, and make some incredible memories.

I am not saying you have to go to Vietnam to eat the beating heart of a cobra or fly to China to walk along the edges of Tiger Leaping Gorge (you should), but it is important to let loose and live a little. Do not postpone your happiness and never let anything stand in your way. Like the characters in the “Going in Style” discover, sometimes the biggest risk in life is never taking any risk at all. With a storyline and a cast like this, I am looking forward to getting some popcorn and enjoying the show. #GoingInStyle

"This is not an admission of guilt. I'm just tired."

“This is not an admission of guilt. I’m just tired.”

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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