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2 October, 2016

Feed Your Inner Child

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Okay, I’m lucky, very lucky and I admit it; I get to play for a living, literally.  I’ve been a professional comedian and magician for more than 20 years.  For my real job, I get to tell jokes do magic tricks and sing and dance on stage five nights a week.  Yes, it’s tough I know, but somebody’s got to do it.  I have had actual real jobs in the past, and that’s how I know how fortunate I am.  I’ve sold newspaper advertising (remember newspapers?), waited tables, cleaned carpets, sold copiers and computers, owned a coffee shop, and the list goes on and on.

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Due to my unique job description, I am obligated to maintain a sense of playfulness and fun.  It’s not always easy to do, especially when it’s your responsibility to entertain people who have traveled long distances, stood in line and paid their hard-earned money to watch you entertain them.  What are some of the ways I maintain a playful attitude?  First, I try not to watch any news program directly before going to work.  Nothing will make you more cheerful than learning about the disaster of the day.  I also do my best to vary my experiences such as play and or listen to music, play video games with my son, exercise or watch a movie or some TV.  I attempt to strike a balance between the light-hearted and the real-world-grownup problems and issues that go with it.

But I’m a bank loan officer, not an entertainer, you say?  Well, there’s a lot to be said for keeping a childlike attitude no matter what your profession is or was if you are retired.  I recently read an article in AARP magazine (yes I am a member so shut up) entitled “Childhood Games We Should Keep Playing.”  The article suggests that we would enjoy better physical and mental health if we never stop playing games as children.  It goes on to list games that you can play at any age.  Below is the link to the article.

Stay forever young-thinking!

Tony Brent


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