However, my whole adult life has been about change. I have looked back and realized that even before I left my hometown of Memphis, TN, I was moving constantly to different parts of the city to
live. When I decided to leave Memphis in my 30’s and moved to Charleston, SC, I did not realize that this move would set into action my “gypsy” ways. I then relocated about every 2 to 3 years to a city where I knew no one. Friends asked me what I was running away from and my answer was I was running toward adventure, aka change. As a result, I have met some wonderful people whom I still call friends, and I have had many adventures exploring my new cities.
Well, it appears I have started those gypsy ways again, only this time I am a senior with some disabilities and a limited income. That is a big change from my younger years when I was armed with certifications and technical abilities that procured me viable working opportunities.
Now, although I still have those certifications and abilities, I am also a senior citizen. Doors of opportunities do
no open as readily.
Here comes my new change. This one is a little more frightening. It is going to take more investigation and exploration to find a “change” that makes me happy. I have looked at some of those options that are available.
Possibilities include a new charity project, going to church activities more regularly, joining and attending a senior center’s activities, and starting to paint, write, or even attend classes at a university. Whatever I do, it really must be more than “killing time.” I must find a “change” in my new life that will stimulate and challenge me for the time I have left.
Although some seniors are adverse to change, I hope they realize, as I have, that change can be wonderful. Staying where you are in your comfort zone might prevent you from experiencing a new and exciting older life. What was good for you when you were younger might not be the ticket for your senior years. I am challenging you to change something in your life, if you can. You might be surprised, after the terror wears off, how invigorating change can be.