Submitted by Susan Cotten

Q:  What was your primary career and what did you love about it?

A:  Business aviation – Allowed me to travel the world as a crew member on a private jet.  I loved seeing new places and having time to get acquainted with the local people.  Having nice hotels and restaurants paid for while getting paid wasn’t bad either.

Q:  When you retired, did you feel ‘finished’ or, for you, was there still something left to do?

A:  I’m not yet retired but don’t travel as much.  I feel we all have an obligation to give back to our communities.  As my sons were fortunate to attend schools with many resources, I wanted to augment resources for those students who might not be so fortunate.

Q:  What inspires you and why?

A:  I’m inspired by the way that people come to life and reach their fullest potential by discovering their passions.  

Q. What’s your advice for boomers who are about to launch their own “second act”?

A:  There’s no reason to use age as a deterrent or excuse for not doing exactly what you want to do.  You can actively create a situation that works perfectly for you rather than passively trying to fit yourself into one that might not be ideal.  Now is the time of life that we have the most options.