I have been in my retirement community now for over seven months, but much of me still remains at my homestead. RetComLife is much different from where I had been for a decade. It is more difficult than I imaged to throw off the homestead mindset.
Where I was once surrounded by peaceful forests, I am now surrounded by my fellow retirement community citizens. Where I once had seemingly unending chores to keep up the homestead, I now am relieved of those things, but still question what to replace them with? Due to my Aspie traits, I am just not a social animal, so joining all the various activities that my community offers is not a very viable option for me.
I do enjoy the casual encounters from my new friends here, and the staff are always making sure my needs are met, but…
I still have my blogging, which pleasurably takes up a good bit of that extra time. Working picture puzzles has increased some, but not enough to begin to fill the void. Then there is TV. Now that I am a 100% streaming beast, the choices seem limitless, but do I really want to make that the filler?
I can’t wait for Spring and the resulting µRV trips that I have planned for this year. This will be the first time in over a decade that I will be able to spend more than 2 – 3 days away from home. I wonder if reality will live up in my dreams? I must realize that they seldom do.
I wonder if I will ever be considered an “official” retirement community member? I just don’t seem to have the necessary skills, or maybe mindset, to make that happen. But, on the other hand, I have always enjoyed my own company, and for the most part, I don’t really need much else. This is an ongoing process, but I kinda thought I would be further along than I am right now. Maybe, as my wife used to say, I am just too impatient?
To close out this post, The picture at the top of this post is a stock photo from my paid photo site. I wonder if there are any pictures around that don’t have retirement community members always smiling? I haven’t been able to find any. How come that is?