Jane: “After 31 years I’m going on recess”

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LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – One of the most amazing things about life is that “change” is always happening.

I guess you could say, it’s the only thing we can count on in this topsy-turvy world.

Well, change is going to be happening with “me” next year.

I am going to leave the anchor desk, “this” desk I’ve been sitting behind for 31 years here at TV-6.

After a ton of thinking, praying, soul-searching and counseling by wise friends I trust I am going to call it “quits” in January.

At least delivering the news to you on a nightly basis.

I just feel that it’s time.

I have been honored to be invited into your home to share the days news with you for over three decades, and the staff and management at TV-6 have been wonderful to me and my family through the years.

Especially when I surprised them this summer by saying, “Ya know what? I need a change.”

Many things but one final realization for me came on something I saw on Doctor Phil.

Really.

His show is the lead-in to my show: 6 News at 5.

A while back on his show he did something that caught my attention and made me go, “whoa.”

He was talking about the importance of living the life you want to lead…now, because “life” is so darn precious and goes too darn fast.

He laid out a giant measuring tape across the floor.

He then had two women come up from the audience and said, “in America, the life expectancy of an adult is, on average, about 78 years.”

A little longer for women.

He then had a 20 year stand where her age was on the measurement.

Dr. Phil said, “here is where you are, turn back and see where you’ve been–and now look at how much more you have ahead of you.”

Quite a bit.

Then he had a gal, about my age, come up and stand where her age was on that life measuring tape.

“Look how much life you’ve lived,” he said, “58 years worth–that’s a lot of time.”

And then he had her turn to look the other way.

Doctor Phil said, “look at how much more you have left, statistically speaking.”

Not a lot.

I think my jaw dropped, I couldn’t move and I almost missed the beginning of my newscast at 5.

It because crystal clear to me in that moment, that: life really does go “way too fast.”

It’s one thing to say, yeah, I’m 61. I feel good. I still feel like I’m in my 30’s.

But it’s an entirely different thing to “see” how much time you “might” still have.

Time to sing, dance, laugh, cry, share, inspire and live it your way.

Oscar Wilde once said: “Life is too important to be taken seriously.”

I love that. There are so many other things I still want to do, need to do, I have to do with the time that God has given me on this planet.

I want to spend more time with friends, and family, including my 90-year old mother (who’s well off the dr. Phil chart!) and to see what’s around the next corner.

I don’t have anything concrete planned for the first time in my life, which is kinda scary but it’s also, strangely enough really exciting.

It’s a true leap of faith.

If there’s one thing I hope you’ll take away from this is make sure you are doing what you want to be doing now.

This is it.

Life’s not a dress rehearsal.

Make it count and don’t be afraid of change.

Because it’s the only thing we can count on.

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