I thought long and hard about going back to teaching at the community college this semester. I just celebrated my 64th birthday (!) and am just not “feeling it” like I used to. And then, BAM!, Covid! That pretty well sealed the deal right there. Rick was not in complete agreement, but he said okay. A bit later he asked, “So what ARE you going to do?” I can understand that it’s a little disconcerting for him to still be working and me to be home anxiously awaiting my next Amazon delivery. Haha! He also says that people “need a reason to get up in the morning.” He is not ready to retire. And while his job is challenging he likes the challenges. It keeps his brain functioning on a higher level.
Having this time off has made me focus on what I want to do in the near future. I enjoy the freedom of not having to be anywhere at a given time. I also like not grading papers! Ha! But–now what? I do love to blog, and need to be more disciplined in that. And I appreciate keeping myself in shape by walking and doing yoga. However, I hesitate to join a group like Habitat for Humanity or volunteering at the schools because I selfishly don’t want to be COMMITTED. So I have taken on the task of publishing my neighborhood newsletter! We’ve needed one, and who better to do it than a retired English teacher? It has been very well received.
So my question to you is–what do YOU want to do? Is there something out there that you’ve been holding yourself back from doing? We went out with friends the other night and the newsletter came up. My friend says, “you have a blog and you’re putting together the neighborhood newsletter? I’m not doing anything!” We laughed and that made me think of so many retirees that haven’t found a purpose. Now, there is nothing wrong with just living day to day, but I feel that each person has something to offer. It’s sad to me that most people don’t take advantage of it! One friend knits octopi for premies. What an awesome gift from her for those babies! Another retired couple goes on mission trips for their church (well, they did before Covid!). I applaud them!
Everyone has skills. You may not think you do, but you do! I used to tell my students that everyone is not good at everything, but everyone is good at SOMETHING. Maybe you should share your “something.” Is it about time?
Essential Oils: I still LOVE and will continue to promote Young Living Essential Oils! Let’s look at some amazing blends.
From the Young Living website: “Gathering™ essential oil blend features oils that invite you to overcome the chaotic energy of everyday life and keeps you on the path to higher achievement. This blend can help bring people together on an emotional and spiritual level for greater connection.” Enjoy this blend of lavender, Northern Lights Black Spruce, geranium, frankincense, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, ylang ylang, vetiver, cinnamon bark and rose. Delightful!