What if your place of refuge and sometimes escape becomes your everyday reality? This sounds like a dream come true but I have found this to be a very challenging change. The paradigm of my life has shifted dramatically in the last year. Almost one year ago, we moved to our “happy place” of Glen Arbor and although it was not necessarily in the best of circumstances, it seemed to be the best solution for our transitioning lives.
We had not come to retire and after a stint of trying to adjust to a new environment and find gainful employment I do not want to retire any time soon. Of course that is a completely different discussion, but for those who have recently retired I can understand that this can be a very tough transition.
In my former life, no matter how stressful my life might be at the time I always knew I had my happy place of Glen Arbor and even if I could not always get there I knew it would only be a matter of time. When I came down the steep hill toward the narrows and caught my first glimpse of Little Glen I always felt a sense of calm. I still feel this reality check when I see the lake and I am grateful to live in such a place of beauty but I find I need to remind myself to take this moment.
We live our lives in contrast, and without the black there is no white. Without work there is no play. A life that is an extended vacation is not sustainable, in my opinion. As humans we need a sense of accomplishment and for some of us that may be a well-tended garden, a great game of golf or helping to keep the local library vibrant. These are all viable options and it all depends on your life situation but we are all living longer and retirement is not the same as it may have been for our parents.
If truth be told, our day-to-day lives don't change that much based on where we live but living in a beautiful place can certainly enhance our lives if we take the time to appreciate this gift. I think I have finally found that balance but of course life is always a balancing act and can be thrown out of balance at any time.
Today is Labor Day, which means that another beautiful summer is soon coming to an end. Enjoy the day, your friends and families and the beauty around you. You deserve it.