It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and I’m deeper into aging and retirement.
Yet it’s also such an overwhelming feeling of grace and gratitude with which I face this day and the inevitable.
Am I better off than I was last year at this time? Absolutely. Let me count some ways.
- My family has celebrated lots of wonderful events this year, including two weddings. We have added lovely new spouses to our family group.
- I have finally shed the sense of frustration that came with my retirement and I’m continuing the process of throwing out old teaching files and donating usable materials without even blinking an eye. I’m moving on to my next stage in life.
- I have endured having a total knee replacement and am now well into a new and more active lifestyle. Who would have thought that I would love to exercise?
- I have learned so much from others — from my photography teacher and classmates, my blogging friends, and my friends who also have recently retired.
- I continue to enjoy the delight of forging new ways of communicating and understanding with my adult children and my husband. The empty nest is pretty darn fabulous most of the time.
While it’s horrifying to think that I’m now eligible for Social Security benefits, life’s good. I’m lucky to be relatively healthy with loving family and friends. I appreciate all the support shown me this year by a myriad of people — friends, family, church members, medical personnel. To my faithful readers and commenters, I look forward to another year with you as well.
It’s going to be a fabulous journey over the next 365 days!