Living, Learning and Loving It
Island resident and research genealogist Linda Olsen thinks having fun is not an option, but a necessity.
“My mom died from ALS at 53, and my dad died from lymph cancer at 68. My mom was always putting off doing things she wanted to do, saying she would do all that after she retired, and never got to retire,” said Linda, shaking her head. “That’s why I retired early. I try to live every day to the fullest. I don’t really have a bucket list. If I want to do something, I just do it.”
After years of working in digital equipment sales, first in Boston, then in Atlanta, Linda retired early and opted for the slower pace of St. Simons 11 years ago. “My brother Gary worked at FLETC with the DEA, and I used to visit him.” However, once her brother’s job was relocated to Quantico in Virginia, she said, “I lost my summer place. So, I bought a place on the Island in 1991.”