Traveling this summer has afforded my husband and I an opportunity to catch up with old friends. It has also given us insights as to how different friends are handling retirement.

We are blessed with good health, which may be one reason we have not considered retirement communities as our retirement option. Nevertheless, this year we have noticed that suddenly the lawns, trees, flowers and gardens, that were once a source of enjoyment for many of our friends, have now become a burden. The lawn is too much to mow. The rabbits are eating the garden and the flowers just aren’t worth the time-commitment. These friends are now considering retirement communities while planning for assisted living options.

Granted, it pays to plan ahead, but friends who really should be enjoying their health and good fortune are looking to the end of their lives and not living fully in this moment. While I can certainly understand not wanting to spend a good part of my day mowing the lawn, I don’t want to hasten the inevitability of not being able to or looking forward to the time when most of lives are spent looking through windows at the world passing us by.

On the other end of the spectrum are friends that have decided to seize the day and have an adventure that many of us dream about. They have bought an RV and are going to travel while they can and enjoy the thrill of being able to do what they want to do. And that is the kind of friend I want to emulate. Those who realize we’re only going around once and enjoy it for all that it’s worth.

While not everyone has the ability or desire to move to a retirement community or travel in an RV, there is something that everyone can do and that is to appreciate every day. We may be the last generation that will be able to retire gracefully in relative financial security. Let’s seize this opportunity. Enjoy, but don’t overindulge. Exercise our brains and bodies every day. And enjoy our time. Those of retirement age will certainly understand that time is flying by and every moment is now precious.

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