Gazing out to the clear dawn sky, I laid in bed at 6:15 a.m. listening to the wind thinking, hmmm, after a fairly decent sleep, do I wallow in the comfort and try to fall back asleep or Carpe Diem?
I chose to kick my butt out of bed and get blogging. A perfect time while Mark continued to snore and I could collect my thoughts in silence without distraction (plus drinking my lemon water I could distract myself, holding off on coffee and breakfast so that I meet my 12 hour fast from wine and pizza night from the night before).
Reflecting on this week and the power of choice, I realized that more than ever during this pandemic, for many of us retirees, pre-pandemic we filled our lives with external commitments. Yes, pre-Covid, we ultimately made choices, but they often were choices that were presented to us that required little of our own initiative (invites from friends and family, travel options, scheduled creativity/fitness classes, partner/spouse-initiated activities, etc.). For many of us, we have kept a busy pace that in some ways hasn’t deviated too much from the busy scheduling of work life. Now, given many of us are limiting our bubble, our worlds have shrunk and seeping serene silence sends shivers to our core. (This alliteration is inspiring a poem lol)
Last week I watched Stevie Nicks on Jane Pauley CBS Sunday Morning. She reflected on how Covid has greatly halted momentum in her second late career blossoming and how challenging it is for many seniors who are trying to live a full, creative and purposeful life, acknowledging that time is limited. Although she voices her frustration, you can see that she is determined to figure things out and choose to keep moving with purpose and creativity.
Last night we watched the documentary on the phenomenal 98-year-old Betty White. This documentary is gobsmacking inspiring! Nothing is stopping this high energy and optimistic senior. Again, the lesson when there is a wall, pause, think …. do you go under, over, walk around or walk away finding another path? It’s the path of resilience and flow. Betty White flows with resilience, grace, play and optimism.