“I’m 33 years old, black and retired.” I love that opener when I’m speaking at corporate events. And yet there is something beyond.
As a former athlete who has had plenty of surgeries, people frequently ask me about surgery — how I had them, what I did, how I recovered. I’m often the first person people call for advice when they get an injury.
Audiences laugh during a speech when I say I’m 33 and retired. I enjoy saying that because I worked hard in my previous career, and I enjoy reminding people of something big they often do not plan for: retirement.