grow old with me
Well here I am. I was blazing the path of my blog and BAM! Life has a funny way of reminding me “not right now, not today Wendy.” I am in no way complaining by any means, that is just the way life goes! You see, life has this way of letting you make plans, have big ideas, goals, dreams, desires, etc…then reminding you that you are NOT entirely in control. This sort of thing previously drove me insane when I was younger. I would throw a minor pity-party and think whoa is me,“I wanna do, what I wanna do!” But the past few years I changed this mindset. Maybe it happened when I became a mother, maybe it is wisdom from getting a little older and wiser, or maybe it is from spending the last 15 years with my love who is always bringing new adventures our way…truth be told, it is actually D) All of the above; and regardless of what the actual answer is, I know that it is all going to work out how it should and ultimately, I am not the one in constant control.
A little over a month ago I started helping family transition another family member into a Retirement and Assisted Living Community. Contrary to my previous idea about this process, there is actually A TON of work (time + energy), emotion, & steps you have to take to make this happen. I admit that before actually helping with this process I assumed one just picked a Community they were interested in/liked/wanted to move to, and just went to sign a lease (think moving into your first apartment/rental as an adult type process!). You guys…I can officially say, this is not how it goes at all!
Which is exactly why I am deciding to talk about it today. WE MUST TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE NOW! Where do you see yourself when your 70 or 80? How do you want to spend your days, where do you want to live, what do you want to do? I am all for the living in the present moment, but TALK ABOUT YOUR FUTURE AND MAKE PLANS FOR IT NOW. Have a plan, talk about it, save for it, make adjustments along the way as your desires, needs, & the times allow, but be prepared for when this day comes because it will be here before we know it. This transition in life is one we will hopefully all go through someday, and if we do, please BE PREPARED WITH YOUR PLAN! Sure estate planning, wills, POA, medical and “final wishes,” etc are all vital, but how you want to actually LIVE and spend your days when you are older, where you want to live, how you want to be cared for, & what you want done with all of your belongings while you are still living, are all things we must think about NOW.
Because I donut know about you, but I plan on trying to celebrate turning 100 in 2085 surrounded with my family and friends with one heck of a party while being an active ol’ gal in a retirement community with my high school sweetheart still by my side while traveling and experiencing all that life has left to offer in my giant floppy hat! What’s your plan? Are you ready to grow old with me?