Another part of my life is spent as a movie producer and I’m currently shooting a new film. Today was actually the first day of shooting and after one shot, the rain caused us call the day to a close. It took two hours to set that first shot and an hour of re-takes to get it right and all in-between scattered drops of rain. Finally, it looked to go on raining for the rest of the day. We have re-scheduled that scene for a later day. Tomorrow an even larger group of actors and crew assemble at another location for the next scene and we’ll do it again. No rain is forecast. It will be a good day.

But then again, today was a good day; Working with friends, using skills honed over years of practice, drinking coffee and watching it rain. Best job in the world.

I sometimes wonder as I get older if the day will come to stop doing those enjoyable tasks we call our occupation. I expect that day will come brought about by some external force. How will I react? How will I process the change? What will replace it?

I think… well I think two things. First, I can overthink the future and second, always have a Plan B. Or if no plan, at least consider the possibilities.

Around this notion of considering the possibilities, I and my colleagues at UTMB made a film. I briefly mentioned how I used the film in a men’s group discussion on Week 33 – More on Grief – The film is about Miguel Navarro who is a man who loves his job as a horse trainer. Miguel develops a fungus infection in his lungs from moldy hay in the barn. He is taken by paramedics to the hospital for emergency care and later a respiratory therapist visits him at his work on the horse farm. Miguel may have to give up his job to protect his health. Take a look at his story below and consider how similar circumstance might affect you.



My wife, Dianne, recommends the following two books about women and aging.

  • When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple. Sandra Martz, Ed. Paper-Mache Press, Watsonville, California, 1987.
  • If I Had My Life to Live Over: I Would Pick More Daisies. Sandra Martz, Ed. Paper-Mache Press, Watsonville, California, 1992.

Join us for a real-time discussion about questions raised by this essay on Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. See Discussion and SL tabs above for details. Link to the virtual meeting room:

Rodger Marion, Ph.D. is UTMB Distinguished Teaching Professor and Senior Fellow in the Sealy Center on Aging. Those with time on their hands might want to follow his current film project at