I don’t consider myself over the hill. I may have a few more aches and pains as well as a couple of gray hairs, but I can still work the pants off most people. I do wonder what I will do in the next 10 years as I move towards senior status and become a card carrying AARP member, as well as a senior American Culinary Federation member. Will my body continue to cooperate, allowing me to do what I love or will I have to make some decisions about my line of work?

I think, for many of us, cooking is a selfish act. What I mean is that we are doing what we love for all the right reasons. Job fulfillment, a huge sense of belonging and the rapid passing of 12 days is an addiction not easily overcome. There is nothing perfect in life, but who else gets paid to play?

As I am writing I am also thinking about the next stage of my life and where I want to go with it. Forget the economy and what people are saying. There is always opportunity; you just need to find it or create it. Will you be able to meet new challenges and take advantage of new opportunities or will you become a has-been before your time? The choice is yours, make a life plan and live your life to the max!

* Health- If you are not healthy, nothing else matters. Take care of yourself.

* Attitude and Outlook - Take a step backwards, you may not carry the clout you think, recommit yourself and be grateful. A positive attitude breeds positive results.

*Education and Experience - Enhance your foundation through formal education, industry opportunities or self study. Keep an open mind.

*Step Out Of Your Box - You took risks earlier in life that paid off. If you’re reading this, I assume you’re not dead. Playing it safe is a comfortable place to be, but rarely leads to anything but an existence.