What do I want to be when I grow up?
Reinvention is now the new word for “Retirement”, or it should be.
One definition of retirement means leaving one’s job and ceasing to work and another definition is seclusion. Who does that when they change jobs or change their life journey? The connotations of retirement are typically negative and negative thoughts lead to negative remarks and negative behavior toward yourself and toward others. You see the pattern here.
I am 49 (which is the new 39 or so I am hoping for the energy level and with Botox and Retina A), and I am reinventing myself after 28 years as an educator. I will work in some form or fashion, and I will be as far to the other side of the spectrum of seclusion as you can possible be, so no, I am not retiring.
I am in the land of new chapters and new beginnings.
Reinvention is when you decide you want to do something different and that could be any change in your life. You could change jobs, change your habits, change your underwear style, etc.. I know prefer low boy cuts to thongs. Would that be considered reinvention? Well, it could. I do not know all that I want to do, but I plan for parts of it to be a “wild ride” and parts of it to be just peace and contentment.
West is my destination for the summer hence the title of my blog. My first trip west, not including Vegas, was last July to Cheyenne, WY, for Frontier Week (more about that later); this trip sparked my interest in several different ways, so to validate my title, as my budget will allow, I must spend some time soaking up the sites and people of the west. I did realize that if you turned a certain way that anywhere can be west. (I am directionally challenged.) This convinced me to start researching different cities. I thought about house sitting which I may revisit at a later date. Of course, there were many of us who wanted the house sitting job in Hawaii! This convinced me to start researching different cities and thinking about where and what I wanted from a location.
What do you take in to consideration when you are looking for some where to live?
Walk or drive
Do you want to be in a large city with public transportation and with restaurant, bars, and coffee shops close to you?
Do you want to drive everywhere as we do in small Southern towns?
I want to be able to do both. I enjoy walking and leaving the car parked. I like that about New York City – no car, no gas. I also would like to drive around wherever I am to see the state. Having social interaction locations close by is a definite plus to me. I like to eat, have a cold beer or a wonderful strong coffee, and I like to talk a lot!
House or apartment
Due to my budget, this was a no-brainer for me. Apartment with roommates was my only option. It is challenging to explain to a prospective roommate that you are 49 and running away from home for the summer and maybe longer.
What do I hope to gain from this experience? I want to meet new people, and I want to examine “me”. Our time on this great earth is limited and I want to try and find my passion and my purpose which as most of us know is a lifelong mission. Living complacently is not the way I ever want to live. There are times in your life when your choices are physical limited, but you are never mentally limited. I want to be better tomorrow than I was today. I backslide every other day in to that unaware state, but I keep trying to climb the mountain.
I have not finalized my plans for where this exotic Reinventionist will reside at this point in my journey, but I do hope to share that with you soon. The south will meet the west!
If you could reinvent yourself in any way what would you do? What are you waiting for?
Read these two links and let me know what you think.