Participate in Stimulating Experiences

This blog is written by Lee Gale Gruen to help Baby Boomers, seniors, and those soon to retire find joy, excitement, and satisfaction in life after retirement. Her public lectures on this subject are titled, “Reinventing Yourself in Your Retirement Years”. Her memoir, available at, is: Adventures with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class. Click this link for her website:

CHITCHAT:  I’m playing a grandmother (wearing oversize glasses) in yet another music video (I’ve been in a few lately) titled “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by singers Meghan Trainor and John Legend. Click this link to view it:

Now, on to my blog:

Fireworks Crew 7-4-15 (edited)There are many ways to bring joy, excitement, and satisfaction into your life.  One thing I try to do is grab opportunities to be involved in stimulating experiences.

Here I am a week ago (July 4, 2015), helping to build a fireworks show. Since 2005 (I can’t believe it’s been ten years), I’ve been volunteering with a fireworks crew to set up the show on the golf course of the Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, California.

In the photo, you can see the tubes sticking out of the scaffolding we built to hold them. We’ve just finished loading the fireworks charges inside the tubes and wiring them electrically. Notice the small black posts on the center strip running the length of the scaffolding. That is where we hooked up the ends of the electric wires protruding from the fireworks charges. An electric cord at the end of the strip is then plugged into a battery operated motherboard which is used to control the firing of the charges. That was a long explanation for something that might seem mundane or unimportant to some. To me and maybe a few of you, however, it is fascinating.

A few years ago, I worked the motherboard during the fireworks show. That was a real high! Think of the Wizard of Oz sitting at his control board in total charge of a display that captivated the enraptured attention of others.

The day of the fireworks shows, I leave my house at 8:00am and get home after 1:00am the following morning. It’s hard work all day for no pay. What is your reward? you might ask.  Answer: a good physical workout, stimulation in areas that excite me, a fun day at a gorgeous location, camaraderie with the other crew members, chow on hand the entire day, a fantastic seat for the fireworks show, and a satisfying sense of accomplishment.

Repayment doesn’t always have to be monetary. Sometimes, it’s worth doing a thing just for the pleasure of doing it. Find those kinds of opportunities for yourself.  Live your life for the sheer joy of it.

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2 responses to “Participate in Stimulating Experiences

  1. Sheila Sauber

    Wow! Love the scenes of you in this video! Good job. Can you send your other music video sites? Thanks. You look fab even in Big glasses. Sheila

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. So true, LGG, money truly isn’t everything.

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