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Retired steelworker follows music, cycling to fulfilment

Paul Gabrylewicz and a few friends decided to form a band, Man Feelings, and produce their original music after he retired Paul Gabrylewicz created a…

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Paul Gabrylewicz and a few friends decided to form a band, Man Feelings, and produce their original music after he retired Paul Gabrylewicz created a space for him and his band Man Feelings to hang out and jam because music enriches his life.

For Paul Gabrylewicz, life’s quality is much more important than its quantity.

At the age of 62, he’s healthier and happier than he’s been most of his life, he says.

The retired steelworker has loved and found fulfillment in music since he was very young but became much more serious about it after retiring from a 40-year career at Algoma Steel.

"I get a spiritual experience out of music. It allows me to express emotions. It’s a feel-good drug," he said. "There’s a sense of self-worth, of well-being. All these spiritual things are brought to me through playing music. Also through listening but playing music is another level of return."

When Gabrylewizc was thinking about retirement, he thought it was at least as important to focus on his priorities and how he would spend his time after retirement as it was to save money and make a financial plan.

"My goal is to lead a rich life without a lot of money," said. "It’s perspective, it’s about enjoying what you have."So, he thought about what brought him the greatest satisfaction in life and found it was his music. But not just cover songs, it’s more about writing and playing songs he wrote or co-wrote with his friends and […]

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