Noticed this same group meeting on the Bethany boardwalk each morning. A group of men that seemed to be of retirement age chewing the fat, getting a coffee together and enjoying life. I can envision myself here. But what I have an issue with is who will I be with. For all my life I’ve lived in one area. All my friends and family are in this area. Well a vast majority of them. But a lot of us are getting within years of retirement.
And our current homes are larger than our needs. It’s an expensive area to retire in. And I can see the possibility ahead that good friends and family members might be moving. Wow, there is a shock to the system. That could severely impact my quality of life. For I’ve been blessed with a large group of my family and friends that have remained within a short drive of each other for many decades now. Hell our whole lives for that sake.
Wow, not only was I previously very nervous about when I should actually retire from the job that pays the bills (hopefully within 5-10 years) but now a larger concern of where everyone might be going and when. And then if I should get bit by the beach bug and have to buy a house on stilts, how dramatically that would change my life.
So not only are we fighting with father time, we now are faced with life changing circumstances again. I know no matter the distance between people who are close, they will remain close but distance does change relationships. All I know is I hope to stay as close to family and friends physically as long as I can. Because that is more important than a sunrise on the beach with acquaintances.