As I write this, I am a 63-year-old male a father of three grown daughters and I live in California central valley. I left corporate America three years ago after thirty-eight years in the oil industry. Since I left my job I have been transitioning from Act II, that long period that begins when you become independent and support yourself, to Act III, that period when you are no longer dependent on a job for income. My role as a parent has changed. My children are grown, almost financially independent and have lives of their own; they don’t depend on me the way they did a few short years ago. I have the freedom to mostly do what I want, to live the way I want to live.

I have been looking forward to this stage of life for a long time. Hopefully I didn’t spend too much of my youth and middle age looking towards the future. I thought moving from Act II to Act III would be extremely simple, to walk out of the building and just start living in a completely different way. This is a wonderful time of life, but it wasn’t as simple as I thought it would be. But I am not looking back.

This blog is about my experience during this transition, and when I fully make it to the next stage the blog will be about my experiences with unprecedented freedom.