Early fall was tough. With so much going on my interest in the blogging world took a hit. I just could not find words.
A former student of mine won her battle with cancer and is now in the presence of our heavenly Father. A dear friend of 30 plus years lost her brother to a massive heart attack very unexpectedly as he was undergoing minor sinus surgery. Another dear friend of 30 years lost her husband due to a series of strokes he suffered as he was recovering from open heart surgery. Not long after, a former high school friend also passed away due to early onset of Alzheimer’s disease that took over her mind and body at an alarming rate. To top it off, a great-niece revealed that she has been battling breast cancer since July.
After attending too many funerals my husband and I took a trip. It was such a blessing to have this opportunity to relax, reflect and reevaluate our lives.
We thoughtfully talked about how suddenly life can change and how quickly time spent with loved ones passes.
During that trip we talked about the possibilities that will be open to us when we retire in a few months. Minor traveling, spending more time with grandchildren, relaxing and enjoying some home activities we don’t get to fully enjoy due to our work schedule, as well as getting out there and meeting more people by getting involved in our community are all options.
We thought about buying a very small getaway home and even found one we really like in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was a perfect size for the two of us and maybe even another couple visiting us for the weekend. But it just did not feel right.
Traffic and congestion is getting worse each year. We currently live in an area that was pretty ideal 12 years ago, but with all of the new growth it is not so ideal. Relocating to another state is the current interest for several reasons ~ one of which includes being closer to other family members. We are, however, still weighing the mountain of pros and cons since making such a big decision is rather daunting at this time of life. Staying where we are and making a couple of updates to our current home is not a bad idea either and still very much on the plate. After all, we can dodge some of the traffic issues with our new daily schedule in retirement.
Enjoying what we can in our retirement, maintaining our health, and enjoying the company of each other will make any decision we finally make – the right one.