I am starting to have my doubts whether I want to make my permanent home here in my present retirement community. That is what this post is all about.
First, I am paying a lot of money for things I currently have little use for. My retirement community costs over $40,000/year. That is about average for my area, but it is at least a couple of times more expensive than if I lived elsewhere. I rationalized that I might not need it now but will someday so why not just do it now? That was my conservative side speaking. My more liberal side say “don’t think about tomorrow might bring, do what suits you best for today”. These two sides are at battle with me right now.
I chose where I am now living to be on the safe side. It is close to where I have lived most of my life. But, maybe it is time to try a new environment, a new part of the country. Family wise I only have one niece in the area, so that is not really keeping me here. I have come to love her, but that is not enough to keep me here if I can find more happiness elsewhere. The second thing is that since ice and snow are so hazardous to my health, I am forced to live about five months a year just waiting for the temperature to go above freezing, so I can get outside.
The third thing is that retirement communities, or at least my retirement community, is dominated by mostly inactive people. Almost everyone here gets about around on scooter or walkers. I feel like the kid on the block, so to speak, who is around all these old people. Finally, I am a deaf Aspie, and I feel very much alone here in that regard. But, that problem is likely universal for me? But, maybe not. I need to find the answer to that question.
Part of my upcoming extended roadtrip will be to scope out what alternatives might be around the country. I just feel that I need a more physically active community for the near future years of my life. Why settle for less just because “something” might happen? Yes, sometime in the future I will need to be where I am now, but maybe someplace else would make me happier until that time comes.
I promised myself that I would stay here a year before deciding whether another environment would be more conducive to my happiness. I am ten months into that period, so I have some serious thinking to do in this regard.