Be the kind of person you would like to be with. Some people come into our lives, make footprints on our hearts and we are never the same. People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges. ~Joseph F. Newton
Today is my day for posting at Vision and Verb. I have been contemplating what I am learning as I walk this new path of retirement. Here is a small excerpt of today’s post….
With retirement comes major changes in one’s life. I anticipated many. The extra time on my hands with no schedule. Less money to pay for expenses. And dealing with finding and paying for my own health insurance. What I did not foresee was the isolation. I should have figured this would be the case, but I am an introvert and we crave isolation over crowds and hours of human contact engaged in small talk.
For over 30 years, I lived in the realm of the extrovert during work hours, and sought refuge from it all when home. After all being “on”, at work, for 8-10 hours a day, five days a week was exhausting. My family lives out of town virtually unreachable without a costly plane ride or a long drive. Friends outside of work are few, the hallmark of an introvert.
Neighbors were neglected as work wore on me, and left very little time or want for being with “more” people. So I had built a slick little world with a few friends, co-workers and family all kept at arms length making my world insulated and safe with enough human contact to last a lifetime…or so I thought.
As winter has hung on, my retirement has been spent in the cocoon of my home. I long for my wildlife garden as it brings me hours of pleasure, a refuge for the critters and me. But with the no garden, few critters and “cabin fever” hitting me suddenly, I found myself craving time with people. Wow, what was this!
I hope you will pop over to Vision and Verb to read more about what this introvert has discovered about herself….
Next up on the blog: Monday I will have a post about Indicators From My Garden that show the coming seasonal changes. Thursday I will be profiling the tree I am following this year.
I hope you will join me for my posts once a month at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. See my latest post on April 1st.
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