I was thinking recently about what my 'retired' life is all about and what my hopes, goals and dreams are and to be honest, the older I get the less I want or need. There's a big difference between 'settling' and being content and at this stage of life I am content.
I came to love myself instead of waiting for others to appreciate me, I came to a spiritual awakening that led to a close relationship with my God....which may be different from yours but which enables me to be alone but never lonely.
So, you ask, where is all this leading to? My realization that all I really want now is a 'hand crafted' life for as long as I can sustain it. My interests are many but they all involve doing things from scratch, making do with what I have (as much as possible) but also taking advantage of some conveniences so I do not harm myself. This last RA bout, I couldn't open my garage door because it is broke and I have been opening it manually for about 5 years now. Also, I think I will get the dryer fixed as I couldn't get down the basement stairs with a basket of wet clothes in my arms and I couldn't mow my yard.....so, I may be getting some conveniences and some help while at the same time freeing myself up to sew my own wardrobe, make my own cheese, do some carpentry around here and decorating and learn some new skills to enable me to remain independent and healthy and financially solvent.
I'd still like an old farm house out in the country to fix up...............
have left on this planet and hopefully share that joy with others!