I remember when I was a kid summer vacations seemed endless, it took forever to get to Christmas and it was a whole year before you next birthday. Nothing ever got here soon enough. I remember being in the car and saying “when are we going to get there”, or asking “when is Christmas going to be here”, it seemed the world and time was moving much slower. Of course we all know it wasn’t but it sure seemed like it. Then we got older, started families, and then we never had enough time, and it went to, Oh my God, its Christmas already, or it’s birthday time again. We started measuring time with the age of our kids. The kids are grown and we’ve been on our own for a while now. We can’t believe how quickly the grandkids are getting older, but I don’t seem to relate to their aging as I did the kids. Maybe being long distance has something to do with that. But I don’t need kids, or grandkids to tell me that time is flying by again.
I quit my full-time job 8 months ago. I can’t believe that 8 months have come and gone. We moved here to Sun City over 5 months ago. This I can not believe either. Now we say, “already another birthday”, where did the year go? We were busy with selling a house, buying a house, moving, getting settled in, painting, landscaping, and learning to have fun again. I didn’t realize that my life had been so consumed with work that I forgot what it was like to really have fun. Not having to worry about work stuff, getting up at 6am whether you wanted to or not, working weekends and evenings. Life was not fun. For the few weekends or evenings that we did go out I realize now that I had missed out on so much of life.
I look back and think I should have done some things differently, but I didn’t, and at least I’m lucky enough now to have the time to do those things I missed out on. I’m going to Ladies luncheons, playing Mah Jongg with the ladies in the afternoon, attending weeknight parties, joining in game nights. They might seem like little things, but I’ve come to realize that it’s sometimes the little things in life that are the most fun. You can’t always plan or afford a world cruise, or vacation for 4 or 5 weeks at a time, or attend expensive functions, but you don’t need that. You can find fun things to do right in your own neighborhood. That’s one thing that Sun City has offered us and we are enjoying.
So now that I took my 10 minute break, we’re off to another neighborhood party tonight. You won’t believe it but its called “howling at the moon”, I need not say anymore. So remember whatever road you are traveling down, remember to be friendly, be sociable and smile. Take that 5 minutes to talk with someone, you never know where it might lead to. Happy traveling……..