I don’t normally tune in to 60 Minutes. But I recall hearing throughout my life, “And I’m Morley Safer” more times than I could count.
This week, I watched 60 Minutes for the first time in a long, long time and enjoyed a segment on Morley Safer. At age 84, he was officially retiring and 60 Minutes was giving him well-deserved praise of his long career. It was a wonderful tribute. Morley has reported on the major historical moments in my life, my parent’s life, and much of my grandparent’s life. An interesting side note, did you know that Mr. Safer never liked to look at the camera directly? He preferred to look off to the side. His style was so distinctive.
As I watched his incredible career unfold, I felt excited for his future. I wondered what he would do with his life now that his journalism responsibilities were finally behind him.
Just a few short days later, I was shocked to learn of Morley Safer’s passing. Ted tells me that he wasn’t feeling well, which led to his retirement. I know his career was winding down, although he was still a fixture on 60 Minutes.
I am always saddened when I hear that someone died or had a major illness soon after retirement. I think of retirement as a goal that you work your entire life to achieve. The payoff is the peace and privilege of never having to work again (unless you want to). Retirement is my golden opportunity to fulfill my dreams, passions and travel without the obligation of returning to work.
Morley Safer chose to work deep into his retirement. Maybe his ultimate goal was to keep working until he couldn’t do it anymore. For me, his passing is a reminder to live. Don’t wait for retirement or for the “right” moment to go for the gusto. Life is unpredictable and tomorrow is not promised. Don’t wait.
Rest in peace, Mr. Safer. And thanks for reminding me what’s important in life.