Learning to Soar by Robin Trimingham

Learning to Soar by Robin Trimingham

I am reminded today of Richard Bach’s epic work Johnathan Livingston Seagull in which a non-conforming seagull finds happiness, peace and a way to help others by sticking to his commitment to reject conformity and challenge himself to learn the most he can about flight.

I think retirement has become a portal with two doors. Choose door number one and you arrive in a land where everything is as expected and you gradually age and drift away – as expected.

Choose door number two on the other hand and you arrive in a place where your accumulated knowledge from your time on earth is but a stepping stone to unlimited opportunities. Far from slipping into decline, this is a place where a seventy year old Japanese man becomes runway fashion model and a one hundred and five year old man sets the Guinness book record for oldest person ever to ride a non-inversion roller coaster.

Talk about a new vision of modern man as a role model!

Think for a moment what you could accomplish if you managed to unshackle yourself from the well-worn stereotype that you have been dragging about. Would you go back to school? Take up a new hobby? Set a new world record?

Or perhaps, you might decide to continue the life work of your dear departed life partner. That’s what eighty-eight-year-old Clayton Shelburne of Indiana decided to do. His wife of sixty-six years had a longtime hobby of making blankets for people in need and when she passed away he decided to continue making the blankets in her memory.

Although he had assisted with cutting up the fabric while she was alive, he had never sewn a single stitch until he was faced with flying solo. Did he let this stop him? Not in the least – he now donates blankets regularly to his local police department and children’s hospital.

The age of internet has completely changed what you can learn, the goals that you can set for yourself, and the means by which you can touch another person’s life. The secret to getting started is simply to realize “that you have already arrived”.

The limitations that you face are only those that you place upon yourself. The question is, are you ready to soar?

By Robin Trimingham


Bill Storie and Robin Trimingham are the co-founders of The Olderhood Group Ltd., an online learning company with + 100,000 global followers in over 100 countries. The Leaders in Action video series, produced by Olderhood Productions International (part of The Olderhood Group) features short video interviews with recognized Leaders in multi-national companies, global organizations, and renowned experts in various locations around the world including London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Singapore, New Delhi, and many others. The Series is published on Olderhood’s social media pages, The Royal Gazette, LinkedIn and through its several Partnership Networks globally to millions of viewers around the world. The Olderhood Group provides life transition, financial literacy and retirement lifestyle planning, education, and training for corporations in the form of videos, podcasts and webinars. The consulting practice focuses on helping companies augment their employee benefits programs, and their customer outreach initiatives, by seamlessly integrating customized workshops, in-house training, and online learning opportunities into their existing platforms.