Eric Jackson 01/04/2013 | Posted in EJ Thoughts, Featured Post, JK Family Posts, the athlete, the family man, the icon, the innovator, Whitewater
I never thought I would be writing this. What is it about the 50 year mark in a person’s life, or is it that I am about to be a grandfather? I always thought of myself as a young person, but your impression of yourself can change overnight. A creek in the back, stiff legs, fading memory, another wrinkle, kids looking at you like an old person; I don’t know where it came from but, BAM!, hit me like a brick. I am not getting any younger, I have been so busy doing the same things that I have missed so much in my life! I used to brag about no finishing my engineering degree, now, I am thinking I should go back to school. That Harley ride I did last year, now has me thinking… I need a hog!
Why should I kayak all of the time? I can branch out, do something different. What is the rush I tell myself; what I have always told myself. What if tomorrow I am too old to enjoy it, that is what the rush is about! No, I am not thinking of getting divorced and dating someone Emily’s age, or getting a trophy wife, I already have my trophy wife, Kristine.
Still I think I need new priorities. I am considering that my job, being president of Jackson Kayak, designing boats with David (for 20+ years), and competing on the scene year after year isn’t helping me branch out. I don’t really know what to say other than I am resigning from my work at Jackson Kayak, and retired (I know you have heard this before, but I am serious this time) from competition (after the race this weekend). I am not selling my ownership in Jackson Kayak, as that would be dumb, of course . The company is growing and thriving.
Since this is so new to me, I have some soul searching left still. I have heard terrible stories of others in mid-life crisis and I don’t want to make their mistakes. I want to do this my way. Maybe start with figuring out my new drink, to celebrate almost 50 years on this planet, pick my new Harley out, maybe a new car, and get a time share on a beach, or a ski mountain. That isn’t too crazy, no harm, no foul.
Now what do I do? What will the kids think? Will Kristine be fired up or bummed? Hmmm… So many questions… What do you expect when you are having a crisis, I guess! I figured this was the right place to announce it as so many of you are used to keeping up with what I am doing on my website, that was www.jacksonkayak. long before there was a kayak company called Jackson Kayak. The other reason to announce it so quickly after my crisis is because today is 4/1/13…
April fools- I had my mid-life crisis when I was 21 and dropped out of college… I am never going back… Ha ha ha!! Did I get you?
Here are some photos I dropped in, as a reminder to me, of why a mid-life crisis, would actually be a crisis… I love my wife, I love my life, I love my Kids, I love my friends, my employees, partner and I hope to enjoy more time together as a kayaker, business person, family member and friend ! Happy April Fools Day!