Liz Marchi: Riding it Over the Top

By LIZ MARCHI

I am reading Thomas Freidman’s Book, Thank you for Being Late.  Billed as an optimist guide to the accelerating pace of change, the first chapters made me feel good about the fact that I can’t keep up with technology, I am moving my office into the house where it’s warmer, there is plumbing and I am closer to the kitchen.  I have always believed that if we get too comfortable, we won’t push ourselves.  As I get into it, I am profoundly overwhelmed by the pace of change: technological, cultural, global and environmental.

As I age, it’s not about being comfortable, it’s about not falling on the icy wooden steps coming out of the barn.  I am lucky not to have a broken back. I have decided 2017 is the year of giving myself some slack.  I have to admit, there was the pioneer, bootstrapping feeling of running Frontier Fund 2 from the barn.  The flies, cheap office furniture, animal smells.  Been there done that, loved it.  Oh I will keep the office up but am pretty happy to have my warm feet on plush carpet, be a few feet from a nice, clean bathroom and even a television set.  I like change.

If you decide to focus on the good and have a Facebook community that shares wisdom and wit, you can learn and laugh a lot.  I want to laugh more. My favorite today is “I am too old for Snapchat and too young for Life Alert.”  That’s exactly how I feel.

In December, we drove to Bozeman to see Broad Comedy perform at the Emerson.  This is one of my favorite Montana experiences.  The show T-Shirt this year reads “I am a Feminist Because _______________” and comes with a pen to fill in your answer.  Of course, I have lots of fill in the blank words.  But this Monday, I am a feminist because I believe our lives are more than the sum of our work.  I watched all my life as men hang on well past the point of productive work.

Riding it Over the Top for me, well this photo says it all!  Happy Monday snow day in Montana!

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Liz-MarchiLiz Marchi lives on a ranch in Polson, Montana  with her husband Jon. She is the Fund Coordinator for the Frontier Angel Fund and spends a lot of time thinking and learning about entrepreneurs, the economy and Montana’s unique place in the world. She has three daughters and a stepson and daughter and a grandchild.  She graduated from Hollins College and is entering the final quarter of life…unless we go intoovertime.