Retirement has delivered many changes for my wife and me. We expected some of them. Others have kind of caught me by surprise.
One of the surprises has been the realization that no longer are we bound to others’ deadlines, others’ demands.
We are free to make our decisions on our own time.
It’s quite cool, yes? Of course it is!
We moved from Oregon to Beaumont, Texas in the spring of 1984 so that I could continue to pursue my career in print journalism. I was hired and I had to move by such-and-such date and report for work on a certain day and time.
Then we moved from Beaumont to Amarillo to continue that pursuit in early 1995. The same requirements forced me to report for duty at a prescribed date and time.
I met those deadlines. My wife came along later after working feverishly to clear up matters enough to enable us to make the move.
We were operating on others’ timetable.
No more. We’re now on our own deadline. We can set it. Or we can choose not to set it.
We’re awaiting word on the sale of our house. We have accepted an offer. We are going to jump through the usual hoops: inspection reports and then signing of plenty of papers to transfer ownership of our property to another party.
Then we prepare to move.
People ask me almost daily: What are your plans? My answer is the same: We don’t have any plans. We’re retired now and we aren’t obligated to make plans by a certain date. We have nowhere to be at a particular date and time.
We are, as I’ve said only half-jokingly, making it up as we go along.
That is the truth!
Yes, we have a general idea where we intend to move. The precise destination isn’t determined.
We will take our time looking for it. Given that our “home” these days sits on four wheels and rides behind our pickup truck, we are free to go wherever we please, whenever we please.
Our first order of business will be to determine where we want to park our RV while we scour North Texas looking for a place to call home yet again.
This foray into the world of retirement has given us the luxury of time and the freedom to use as much — or as little — of it as we desire. Ain’t it cool?