Life Holds No Regrets For ShatnerBy T'Bonz
June 30, 2008 - 11:18 PM
Financially secure and still active, William Shatner is savoring his life; looking ahead with anticipation and not fretting over past mistakes.
As reported by CTV.ca, at a time of life when many would be retired, Shatner is still busy with his career and his hobbies and keeping physically active as well. "I'm in such a contented arena of my life at this moment," he said. "I keep waiting for the bubble to burst. I'm happily married, my children are healthy and are a couple of miles away, plus my grandchildren are here. I'm physically active. I ride a lot of horses...and my dogs are beside me and I got a really comfortable home. I'd rather stay home than go someplace."
In spite of his comfortable home, Shatner is still working. "I've got a great job," he said. "I've been so blessed by everything in these last few years that I can't imagine wanting anything else. There isn't a part I want to play. I've got the best part of someone my age going and I've got all kinds of interesting things coming up."
Shatner chooses his projects based on what is "fun" and what pays well. "You get an inordinate amount of money for very little amount of work and that has an appeal," he said. "You try to balance one with the other, things of great interest and things that you find difficult to turn down because the money is so good." The money is important to Shatner because, "I'm going to be able to leave my wife and my children comfortable when I die," he explained.
In spite of a few mistakes along the way, Shatner has no regrets, as reported by the Vancouver Sun. "Life is cyclical," he explained. "You're up and then you're down. And when you're down, you think, 'I should have done something else.' But you can't. You've done what you could do in the circumstances," he says. "Everything's linked inextricably. Therefore regret doesn't work. You can learn. But regret doesn't work."
As for retirement? "I'm going to drop dead," he said. "That's when I'll retire. I'm so fascinated by what I do, and in love with what I do. Since I'm being offered the opportunity to do it, why would I say no?