When working with clients on their wills and powers of attorney, I sometimes sense a feeling of unease. There is uncertainty about the lose of control and a fear that their independence is vanishing in the rearview mirror of a life well-lived.
But life goes on long after a power of attorney is signed. Many of my clients continue to find productive and necessary ways to fill their days.
Some volunteer, take up new hobbies or renew old ones.
So it was rather delightful to read of 72 year-old Terry Smith of Decatur, Illinois who finally achieved a goal, long deferred.
Smith was to become an Eagle Scout 50 years ago but life changes and priorities shifted and it didn’t happen. Many of us can relate to the scenario.
But for Terry, that wasn’t the end of his story. A few weeks ago he joined 33 other Lincoln Trails Council Eagle Scouts in being recognized for achieving the highest title in the Boy Scouts of America.
I nodded in recognition at Smith’s comments about why he pursued this long-lost goal at this time of his life.
“A couple guys asked me how come you never got your Eagle? I said it was my fault and they said, ‘well you can still try.’ And I said OK let’s give it a try. So I wrote some letters to the nationals and talked to some people and the next thing you know we’re here and this thing is happening.”
I have seen my clients reignite long-lost dreams and ambitions in their twilight years and this story reminds me of how uniquely personal and touching this can be.
Of course the ability to act on such second-life projects depends at least in part on proper estate planning and management.
To talk to us about setting plans in place for the future, please contact us. After you get those plans in place, you may be pleasantly surprised at the new ones that you start making!