• Karen Heckman Stork

Movin' On

It seems that often as we age, our worlds seems to get smaller and more limited. Well, exactly the opposite is happening to me. As many of you know, I have lived in Lincoln, NE my entire life and was entirely happy living in this great city. However, I wasn’t so happy back in 2005 when my only daughter, her husband and two children moved to North Carolina. During the past 12 years I have traveled at least twice a year to NC for a summer week at the beach and either Thanksgiving or Christmas with family.

Then just five years ago my grandson returned to Lincoln to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and I again had family in town. I thoroughly enjoyed spending quality time with my grandson almost every week. However, last year he graduated and moved away to continue his life’s journey. Once again I was without family in my home town.

In 2016 and 2017 I accomplished a major goal on my bucket list — publishing two books, one poetry and the other a memoir. After fulfilling this dream and after my grandson graduated, I began to think about “what’s next?” After all, I reasoned, none of us knows how much time we may have left in our life, and I wanted to “live, live, live, until I die.”

After a great deal of thoughtful reflection and discussion with my daughter and others, I will be moving away from Lincoln for the first time in my 74 years. I am going halfway across the country to Wilmington, NC! I can hardly believe it myself. I want to use whatever time I have remaining while I’m still active to reconnect and spend more time with my only child. I also decided it was time to quit talking about and actually do something I have always said I wanted to do — live near the beach and ocean and be able to experience that lifestyle every day. I’ve recently returned from Wilmington where I found a new town home community which is only 10 minutes from the beach. I will be moving the last week in March.

I may not be adding any new blogs for a while. After the move, the focus of my blog will change to the beach, the sea, and everything associated therewith. I look forward to my new adventure and plan to return to Lincoln with my daughter and son-in-law in about five years. I hope you will continue to read my blogs, and I’d love to hear from you about your mid-life or late-life adventures or any adventures at all. I believe it is this attitude of never giving up on our dreams that keeps our minds young and vibrant, if not our bodies.

I leave you with these words of wisdom from Dr. Steve Maraboli:

“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dream. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”

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