Destination

March 25, 2019 - Comment

Destination Do you know where you’re going?  Say you’ve gotten an invitation to the wedding of your college roommate and you’ve responded that you’ll be there.  Time to plan!  The wedding is in California and you currently live in New Jersey.  Check the date and time of the wedding.   Are you taking a date?  Reserve

Destination

Do you know where you’re going?  Say you’ve gotten an invitation to the wedding of your college roommate and you’ve responded that you’ll be there.  Time to plan!  The wedding is in California and you currently live in New Jersey.  Check the date and time of the wedding.   Are you taking a date?  Reserve your airline ticket or tickets.  Note the address of the church or other location of the ceremony and of the reception venue. Put this info in your smartphone or write it down!  Find a hotel if one is not suggested on the invitation, make a reservation, save the confirmation number, note the address. 

Should you show up alone?

My sister met her husband at a wedding.  She was a bridesmaid and he was a groomsman!  Should you show up alone?

Have you made all those specific plans for LIFE??   Do you know any of the details you consider essential in order to attend a wedding?  Holy cow!  I certainly didn’t; I just took life as it showed up!  I was constantly surprised by the experiences life handed me. Some were good, great. Some weren’t!

Would you go to the airport to get a ticket if you have forgotten the destination? Would you want to wander around in an unfamiliar city hoping to find the reception hall where there’s a party going on for your friend?  All you have is hope that you’ll get there before it’s over! 

Are you content to wander around in life hoping for the best?  I pretty much did just that.

My husband, fiancé at the time, got drafted during the Vietnam War and joined the army.  I was in college with a Journalism major.  I quit college (took a long, long sabbatical from school) and we got married.  I was in college in Wisconsin; he was in a skilled trades program and supposedly was exempt from being drafted.   At least one high school friend had already died “over there.”  I worried constantly about whether he’d make it home, ever!  And he hadn’t even left yet…

Well, he was chosen for a radio/teletype position in Germany.  And he, thankfully, avoided the Infantry.  I was told that he’d be a target if he was assigned to the Infantry.  So, he went to Germany and got an apartment, a very humble apartment.  I worked at a pancake house until I could buy a ticket.  And I followed him.

We didn’t choose that destination.  We were diverted from the short-term plans we had made.  By then we were pregnant.  We learned quickly that one must be flexible.  We had to adapt to life’s curve balls when reality had surprises in store for us!

So, let’s talk about a chosen destination for retirement.  It’s taken that long for me to figure out you have to know where you want to go in order to get there!  I’m drawn to the South of France.  It sounds so exotic, so peaceful and is literally calling to me.  It’s where my maternal ancestors came from.  And, I had a dream…

It was real!

The dream was really an “out of body” experience.  I was in a small engine plane.  I didn’t know the pilot or if there were any other passengers.  It was wartime in a different era and the ride was more than turbulent.  I felt that we were going to crash.  My predominant thought was that I didn’t want to scream and wake Bob up.  And, then, I woke up in my bed!   It was an incredibly exciting experience.  It was real!  I wanted it to happen again, but it didn’t.    

Destination – yes!

Move toward an inspiring retirement.

Are you convinced?  Will you pause and think about where you want to go, how you want every aspect of your life to look? 

Be patient even though you feel an urgency.  Find the university you want to attend, find the career you’re certain will fulfill you.  Find a rewarding relationship.  Discover the location and home where you want to live. 

Be willing to be flexible along the way.  We often have challenges.  Well, we always have challenges.  We often must adapt to circumstances that we didn’t consider or expect or want.

So, the desire to go to France is in my soul!  I had been on a delightful trip to France in the sixties.  It was convenient because we lived in Germany.  And the Army base had hired a tour bus to Paris.  But this time, I’ll be going to the South of France because I want to, because I will have thoroughly researched it and will have planned every detail. Because this destination has been on my mind for 40 years!

I’m going!

Get back on the plan when you can, if you can.  Devise a new itinerary, define your destination, pursue your destiny!

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Happy Trails to you!

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