The Story of Old Bags, New Tricks!

Old Bags, New Tricks…

What kind of name for a blog is that, I hear you ask? Well, here’s my story.

I left my home country, New Zealand, 20 years ago. My plan, like so many Kiwis, was to work abroad for 1-2 years, then travel for awhile before making my way home.

Life had other plans for me. I began my journey in Kyoto, Japan, and loved the lifestyle, the culture and the food (oishii!). One year turned quickly into 6 and I’m sure people wondered if I would settle there.  Then I met Susannah (Canadian, eh!) and my plans changed again.  I was smitten and of course thought nothing of moving across the world to Canada with her. Hey, I was still young!

14 years later, here we are, living and working as photographers and videographers in beautiful Vancouver BC.

I am now well into my 40s and Susannah is a few years older. Neither of us has followed a “normal” or “traditional” path in life. We have been self-employed for most of our time here. We don’t own a home and we don’t have kids. We live very much in the now.

Over the last few years, I think we have both felt the effects of society’s ageist attitude towards what life “should” be like for people of our age. I have also struggled with some recurring physical problems which have impacted our life (more about that later).

I have learned many things and I have much more to learn. But what constantly holds true for me is the saying “you are only as old as you feel”. My version of it is “you are only as old as you think!” The mind has great power.  For me that means it is never too late to challenge myself, to try new things and open my mind to new possibilities and experiences.

Old Bags, New Tricks is about rejecting negative attitudes towards aging. Susannah and I love life’s adventures and we try to find a positive in each experience. We’ll be sharing some of our lifestyle and the new and exciting experiences we have in this blog. We hope you will enjoy them with us.

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