When I was at the Psychologist's office yesterday, he said something that I have been mulling over this morning. He said I was a Type "A" personality guy and had a long, successful, carer in the Navy. There I had value. People sought out my opinion and looked to me for technical solutions. I was a leader. I briefed the Secretary of the Navy, the CNO, and other Admirals, not to mention the crew of just about every ship in the Surface Force of the Atlantic Fleet. On ships, I was the senior Ordnance person. I was, as the CPO Creed says,; "The fount of wisdom."
Now, no one looks to me for anything. I am away from my Navy friends. The grandsons have their own lives, and even my wife corrects me most of the time. There is no place in my life that I am the subject matter expert. No one who looks to me for critical answers. And there is not even one person who wants to listen to my sea stories!
The Psychologist wants me to get involved in something I am passionate about. Nothing comes to mind!! Yes, I love our Bible Study at Bay Breeze Assisted Living Facility. But they are the only people that are happy to see me and depend on me for anything. Otherwise, I am mostly ignored, and sometimes a burden.
Maybe that is why my mind spends so much time back in the Navy. There I was somebody of value. The Psychologist was right!