My Dad is 83 years young. Pancreatic cancer survivor. Survivor of a cycling accident at age 73 that saw him with 7 broken ribs, a punctured lung and major head "trauma" - serious brusing. He is drug free and riding his bike three to four times a week for up to 50km. Physically he is great. Emotionally - his beloved 3rd wife (aka not my mother) passed away 12 months ago. He moved from their home into mine. Well away from any friends he had established at his previous location. So he is lonely. He's pretty deaf and making new friends is VERY challenging.
For the previous 2 years I either didn't work, or worked parttime/casual in child care. The flexibilty was great - the pay was not sustainable. But it gave me the time that I needed to give my Dear Old Dad some attention. Just a cup of coffee in the morning is enough for him. He is very self sufficient, but does need a chat - just like us all.
2 months ago I landed a great 40 hour a week job. In my old career. Something I have been trying to get away from for years. But there you go - the money always pulls me back in. Now all my time is gone. It affects not only me, but my Dad and my two teenage boys.
Another great motivator that is driving me to build my Digital Marketing Specialist niche business, combining Life Coaching and the provision of a Digial Marketing Skills service for business owners, and the promotion of the Academy and Platform that got me here.
In fact, I told Dear Od Dad about my business and my plans for the next 4 - 6 months. I was ready for some old person skepticism - the world is coming to an end. Global economic crisis and all that. But Dad was pleasantly supportive. Said he was all in favour of some personal initiative.
Go figure! Go Dad.