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.”