I think, therefore I am and I don’t see myself living in this home for the next twenty years. While I never claimed to be a great philosopher, my simple statement touched off a debate almost as intense as when Rene” Descartes proposed his initial theory.
In retirement, life is shorter and faster. Granted, while there are few guarantees in life, in retirement you are probably focusing on doing a little less and maybe enjoying it more. But when you think about it, is there a better time to seek new adventures than in our retirement? If our health is good, why not take on a new adventure and live life rather than retiring and calling it quits?
When my husband and I retired, we moved from a home into a condo, from a state where the weather is questionable nine months of the year, to a state where the sun shines nearly every day. So here I am several years later at the point where I had finally adjusted to the changes and was enjoying my new life.
So why would I want to bring upheaval into my peaceful existence? I guess, sort of like what Descartes was saying, because I can. I need excitement periodically. And while I do think there will come a time in my life when I will contentedly settle in and say this is my last big move, I’m not there yet.
But what is it that motivates me to make a change that isn’t really necessary or probably even financially sound? That is what I keep asking myself and the answer I come up with is because I can.
As we close the chapter on 2009 and look forward to 2010, I want to challenge myself to look at my life and see what I want to remain the same and what I want to change. While it is scary to think about doing something new, retiring from life into the security of a predictable existence is not what I am willing to settle for.