The good news, I will be renting a lovely smaller home owned by my daughter, a home with which I am familiar. It is located in a smaller town, a county seat; a town culturally rich, but less hectic than the area in which I now live. I have, though, greatly loved this area – access to such a variety of things enhancing the quality of life. But, the huge PLUS IS to be going back to a place with which I am familiar, a place closer to my daughter (and to my long time BFF’s.) Yet, it will be new. New circumstances, new routines, a new time, a different me. Not only in age, but in experience. I have worked since I was a teen ager in various jobs of increasing responsibilities until I stopped working full time several years ago. The activities I’ve taken on since then have been much different than those of my profession, but so rewarding. And, I have been most fortunate to have been able to maintain my living conditions and environment. However, when I moved to this area with a new job twenty years ago, I had “stars in my eyes,” great hopes and expectations. Several of those hopes came to fruition, many of them did not. Yes, that is life.
Now, I take on the next phase of my life with fewer “stars”, a little fear, yet wish to recreate some of the enthusiasm that I once possessed, some of that joy. As I prepare for this portal transition (lots of work yet to come,) I am attempting to reevaluate all of my stuff, my life – what do I need? Want? My home is a diary of mine and my daughter’s life – what I experienced before her, and what we shared since then. Many mountains, a few valleys. This stuff surrounding me has been hard to sort, and the review has brought on some of that melancholia mentioned. It has helped, though, emphasize the many blessings I’ve had. Thus, all of these memories are valuable and, I think, what if I didn’t have them. Then there are all the folks I know, who have come to this home. The liaisons I had when I worked, those established over the last 16 years I had hoped to maintain. These contacts, though, are beginning to diminish, and I do feel a large void. So, this is probably one other reason it is time for a change to take place. Yes, relationships evolve over the years….as a single person I have been painfully aware of this. The new relationships created with my recent activities will be especially cherished, but it was nice to have had the feeling of longtime friends near. For everything, though, there is a season. As I move toward the next season, let me shake this heavy heart, revive the gusto, strength and hope so that I can whiz through the next portal of transition. For, the “best is yet to be.”