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Gerardo Seri discusses his philosophy on life after retirement.

Gerardo Seri

Nationality: Argentina 🇦🇷

‘’When I retired, something clicked in my life. There was an inner need that there was something that had to change. Society always teaches us that retiring basically means that everything is over for you and that all of what's left is to watch television. At 70, I felt that I began to live. I knew that life couldn't be like this. All my life, being a dentist and partly also because of my personality, I was highly structured. I felt that something was missing until I found an activity that became my passion: Mountain biking. I became part of different biking groups; we started making small circuits in our bikes in Bariloche, Argentina. One day, we even crossed the frontier with Chile. Then a friend suggested, ''We should do Camino de Santiago de Compostela'' in Spain. I looked at her as if she was an alien. It was more than 700 kilometers by bike; I thought it was impossible. Until that year, when I turned 70, I said, why not? I did the Camino de Santiago, and there I realized that this was living. It was something that filled me physically, mentally, and spiritually. After doing the Camino de Santiago, I gave myself more courage to do more things. I started to understand that the key in life is to train yourself to be happy, not stay still doing nothing. It's not about pretending to be able to do everything; it's about feeling capable. Because it is possible, we are all capable. Since 2011, every year, I have cycled through different countries in Europe. Among them France from north to south, Portugal, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Balearic Islands, Germany, among others. The last trip I made was in 2019, before the pandemic to the Alps. And next year we are planning to tour Germany again, but on a different side than our previous trip. From my experience, all I can say is that everything is truly possible.’’

Gerardo’s life advice: ‘’Don't stay at home regretting the ''what if''. If you want to wear a colorful sweater, put it on. If you want to go skydiving, do it. Life is beautiful, but we live only once. And because we live only once, you have to make the most of it no matter how old you are.’’

This story is written by GetSetUp Journalism Fellow Gabriela Molina, from Buenos Aires. Gaby is a student at Universidad Católica Argentina.

May 18, 2022
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