By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Reinventing Yourself

Fountain of Youth
Fountain of Youth (Photo credit: Heather Culligan)
That is a very American tradition--as a nation of immigrants (I include African-Americans in that group since many of their families were part of the great internal "immigration" from the South to other parts of the country), we or our forebears have reinvented ourselves at some time or another.

As a reader of the Spanish language press, I came across this human interest story about an 87-year-old Spaniard (specifically, Catalan--in Spain, regional identities are, to say the least, significant) who just acquired his doctorate in law ("derecho" in Spanish).

His advice: "hay que reinventarse. Mira qué puedes hacer y ponte a hacerlo"/"you must reinvent yourself. Look around for what you can do and start doing it." He already had a successful career as an economist with a doctorate in economics. He also reminds us that "one retires from work, but not from life."

Here is the link to the Spanish language news article. Even if you do not read Spanish, you can enjoy the photo of our eighty-something friend with a zest for learning and life. May we be bold enough to follow the example of Joan Amat ("Joan" is Catalan for "Juan")!
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