It has been a time span of 6 years as on March 1, 2014, since I retired from the post of Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa on attaining the age of superannuation i.e. 60 years of age on February 29, 2008. I have travelled the distance of 6 years in my post retirement life and grown older by 6 years becoming 66 years old.
To many people, growing old seems like the end game of chess; life winding down in a series of small moves with lesser pieces. As I age, I have discovered this is not true. Growing old is a game of verve, imagination and excitement. The ageing game is a sport for which childhood, youth and maturity are no more than a preparation. Its scope comes as a surprise. It expands my life at a time when I apprehended to diminish. It demands an excellence that no longer seemed necessary. It asks me to surpass what I did at peak of my powers.
During 2008 and 2009, I developed Yoga and Spirituality as ways of my life. I created the blog Yoga and Spirituality in 2010, nurtured it in 2011 and got it established in World Wide Web in 2012. During 2013, I succeeded in rejuvenating my life by means of Yoga and Spirituality. The freedom I got from public and professional activities on my retirement from the post of Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa on February 29, 2008 since last six years is disciplined by practicing Yoga and Spirituality in my post retirement life.Through the blog Yoga and Spirituality I have crossed the boundary of District and State to National and International level going the distance while growing old.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda