If You Had To Write A Small Script About Your Life , How Would It Read?

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There was a writing challenge to write a script about your life on one page.  This is what I wrote.

I’m afraid a script of my life would not be movie material.  In general it would be a story of a guy with a humble beginning who was able to reach a level of comfort by the time he retired.

It would describe a boy growing up in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the fifties and sixties.  His dad worked hard but also spent a portion of his time in the veteran’s hospital.  At the time they didn’t know it but he had developed stomach cancer.  His mom struggled to make ends meet and worked hard to see that her three kids had what they needed.

Through school he was able to make reasonable grades without much effort.  He was more interested in hanging out on the corner.  He was fortunate to have been born with a good memory.  He would listen in class but never take a book home to study.

He married early being in love with his high school sweetheart and feeling the draw of an independent life.  Like most of the young men of the day, he worked in the factory and made enough for his new family to get by.

When he was twenty-one he got the biggest break of his life.  His brother-in-law set him up with an interview with his company.  He would become a computer programmer trainee; this was before the first computer science class was offered in college.  He moved his family to the Washington, DC area and started his new career.  The script would describe his fear of taking his young wife and two babies to a strange new place knowing that they were depending on him to learn and grow doing this new thing called computer programming.

The young man would be successful and the family would grow.  There would be problems and after eighteen years the marriage would end.

He would find his true love and a partner for life.  He would remarry and, together, they would build a solid future.  He would rekindle is love of writing and he would write seven novels and many short stories without a clue of what to do with them.  He would also ramp up his study of marital arts and become and instructor and finally a master instructor.

The story would end with him enjoying a well-planned-for retirement.  He has discovered how to write non-fiction and he writes his blog and keeps his body and mind active.  If there is a moral to this story it is to live below your financial means, stay active, and stay healthy, and retirement will be a pleasure and not a burden.

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Pete is a retired software developer, a writer, and a martial arts instructor. He lives in Maryland with his wife Cathy and they are enjoying their retirement. Pete is the author of four novels, "The Teacher", 500 Years from Home", and "The Long Journey Home" are available at Lulu.com; and "Pioneers" in available at the Kindle Book Store.

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