A few weeks ago I was talking with a friend who had just retired telling her to decide what’s important in her life and figure out how to make it happen. It was a phone call and I was happily sitting in my camp chair gazing at a blue Kansas lake.
Today we spoke again, this time I was the one lamenting a feeling of emptiness, and she repeated my words back to me.
And so the search begins! Actually it started before we got back home from the trip, already wondering, “what’s next?”
Going to Alaska and staying gone for over three months was the biggest accomplishment that I could imagine for this retired part of our lives. Now it’s done and we have the tee shirts to prove it! So what else do we want? How do we want to be living? What brings joy into our life?
Traveling in the Casita brings us joy. Spending time outdoors biking, hiking or kayaking brings us joy. And sharing activities with friends brings us joy.
And simplicity brings me joy. I can’t speak for the husband here as he seems content whether the house is organized or in chaos!
Upon returning from these extended trips, I find myself needing to discard possessions. This time I successfully parted with over half the clothes in two closets! But it seems to be never enough!
It’s almost an obsession to rid myself of everything I own. Would love to just pay someone to come get it all….house included! Lucky that I’m married to someone who would object to giving it all away.
But I know and crave the freedom that comes with getting rid of everything; I did it 25 years ago! Everything was sold or given away except the pickup truck and my life changed.
Real ready for another big change!
Passages are always happening in our lives. We returned from our trip in time for David, a 1955 graduate, to say “goodbye” to his high school. This school, a landmark in our community dating back to 1937, served as a grammar and high school.
Unsure of what will replace the old school. With the exclusive North Shore encroaching on Red Bank, it will be prime real estate!
Another passage tomorrow as summer will turn to fall….here’s hoping for a long beautiful autumn!