Every reboot is different, just as every individual is different. Rebooting may happen slowly, it doesn’t always happen over a short period of time.
Frank Casale’s rebooting hasn’t been a dramatic career shift or a dive into a high-risk venture. It’s been more internal growth than external change. After going through many ups and downs, he has come to a gradual acceptance of life as it is. Now retired, he is at peace with the world.
Frank was born in Brooklyn and grew up Catholic. He studied the Hindu religion by taking 50 lessons by mail, now goes to a Presbyterian church.
“It’s up to you how you search for answers,” Frank says. “I personally look higher than here for guidance. The big house with a white picket fence may not be in your future, but how you live your life is.”
He was drafted into the Army for two years and served in Korea during the Viet Nam war. He earned a shorter period in uniform by staying in Korea 16 months instead of the minimum 13.
“After military service I was a mailman for 35 years,” Frank says. “I had frequent issues with management, but I loved the interactions with my customers. Going to work every day, facing supervisors without a soul was maddening! On the other hand, I lived five minutes from work, worked out in the elements, (a plus) and was able to go home for lunch. It’s the yin and yang of life that we all experience, it’s not just you. What we’re experiencing currently is not what we’ll be experiencing tomorrow, but we don’t see that when we’re in it.”
Frank has had more than his share of physical challenges: rotator cuff surgery, (an 8-month recovery one) two hernia operations, two cataract surgeries, (one didn’t go well) and toe surgery, which also didn’t turn out well. “Remember, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” he says. “But all of us will go through stuff; part of life is suffering, know that! Endurance creates even stronger endurance, live wholeheartedly, it matters.
“You think you can do it all by yourself, but you can’t! Open your eyes, do a 180 with your brain and heart, be humble. That’s not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength and common sense. We help others by sharing what we’ve learned and being empathetic (your gifts are unique), which is a blessing to our fellow man. I’m just one of the humans on the planet… temporarily. You can call me… Frank.”