profile

FitnessFocus™

He didn't get to enjoy his retirement :(

Published 3 months ago • 2 min read

For 42 years, Uncle Bill busted his rear working at the Chrysler Transmission plant in Kokomo, Indiana.

Not a bad career... it was labor intensive and back-breaking work, but all-in-all, not a bad career.

Uncle Bill was a smart guy. A history buff. Well-spoken. Could fix just about anything.

He was a strong, masculine leader. He took great care of his wife (my aunt) and his kids (my cousins).

He called me "The Bubble Gum Kid" — because during my childhood I went through a phase where I loved bubble gum.

Oh wait, I still love bubble gum.

One year for my birthday, he bought me a giant tub of Dubble Bubble. My parents loved that.

Uncle Bill was smart with his money.

When my aunt's grandparents passed away, Uncle Bill decided buy their house.

It was an old farmhouse built in 1900, and to this day it's solid as a rock.

(I'm sure he got a heck of a deal on it.)

Uncle Bill never bought anything with credit. He always paid cash for his cars, and he lived frugally.

He was a member of the UAW... which means he probably had some sweet benefits, including an amazing retirement plan with a solid pension.

Shortly after Uncle Bill retired at 59 years old, he came down with cancer. Lung cancer.

As I mentioned, he worked in a factory... and that factory was heavily polluted.

My aunt recalled when she'd go visit him at work, when she'd go to the assembly floor, there would be a giant cloud of soot in the air.

Can you imagine breathing all that crap in... for years?

I don't know if Uncle Bill wore a mask (probably not) or took any other preventative measures... until OSHA came around.

I mean, if he started working there in the 1970's, there weren't many protective measures in place.

Probably very few people knew about the risks of inhaling all that crap that was in the air.

Well, on Uncle Bill's last day of work, he got to choose any vehicle on the lot... and he only had to pay a buck for it.

He chose a Big Red Ram.

And he never really got to enjoy it.

See, we think of retirement as a time to live... but most of his retirement, Uncle Bill spent dying.

It was very sad.

Next week will mark 13 years since Uncle Bill left us... but his legacy lives on.

There are a few lessons I want to pull from his life...

First: Consider hazardous working conditions.

Is sitting staring at these screens for hours upon hours good for us?

Idk.

Second: Live frugally.

Avoid credit and live within your means.

Third: Tell your loved ones how much you care about them.

You never know when someone's going to get a bad diagnosis.

Fourth: Quit working toward retirement.

Enjoy today, because it's all you've got.


Uncle Bill's legacy lives on.

Go buy some bubble gum.

Your homie,
Neil

P.S. This P.S. was left blank intentionally.

FitnessFocus™

by Neil Kollipara

Delivering actionable fitness advice, positive mindset coaching, and never-ending encouragement straight into the inboxes of those who actively treat their body as a temple. New editions released frequently.

Read more from FitnessFocus™

We were at Greenfield Village over the weekend taking in the beautiful Michigan spring. In one area of the Village, there's a soccer field. There was no one on the field. My son loves open fields... he's big into running, plus he's becoming a great soccer player. I told him to go down to the field and run around... because why not? As he was running to the field, I noticed a few geese on the sidelines. One of the geese stood up and started walking toward him. "Solomon," I shouted. "That geese...

21 days ago • 1 min read

After taking about four months away from personal branding and online business, I'm back at it. It has been a busy four months — my daughter was born in December, and between my 9-5, sleepless nights, and handling bureaucratic nonsense with health insurance (don't get me started), I didn't have much time to tend to my personal brand or online business. Thankfully, my little girl is mostly sleeping through the night and we're getting some decent rest. Welcome to all the new subscribers! I want...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

It has been about two decades since I was diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Shortly after I was diagnosed, my doctor prescribed some pills. They helped with focus, but they had some other side effects, including loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, increased anti-social behavior, etc. I didn't take the pills for very long because I didn't like the way they made me feel. I continued struggling with focus and my parents gave me the task (at age 15) to find a holistic...

3 months ago • 3 min read
Share this post