We often help out with charity events for orphanages on our biking roadtrips. But I have always felt I could do more if I had the time. I’m rethinking retirement. Aside from living a good and healthy life with my family, I want to make orphanages better homes for children.
I admire the work of Shigeru Ban, the master architect of temporary homes, and the thoughtful solutions he built for people in life-altering disasters. I see a lot of my vision in his work. Translating traditional ideas and inexpensive materials into new uses. Recycling and upcycling for low cost housing. Most of all, it’s his understanding of the basic needs and dignity of displaced people. With my experience in interior design and materials, I believe I can make orphanages better homes, no matter how long or temporary their stay may be. There’s also a fengshui element I can add to it—the balance of environmental energy is key to favourable living.
Although an entirely new venture for me, I don’t see it as continuing my career into retirement age but more like a transformation of my skills into something more meaningful. The result could be most rewarding.