Last night, Patty and I celebrated the sale of my house and the beginning of a whole new season in our lives. It was the end of a 7 year chapter in my life. It’s also the beginning of the next part of my life. While Patty and I have been together for quite a while now, last night’s celebration puts a final ‘period’ on that chapter before I met her, starting new. The house sold, papers were signed at closing, and money was actually exchanged, marking the finality of that life.
I have freedom now that I’ve never experienced before. For the first time that I can remember, I have freedom from a defined plan, outline or agenda. I can do, or go, or be whatever I want. I have been blessed with good health, a good mind, and a happy spirit. My soul is focused on Christ. I have the love of a wonderful woman. I have peace. I have resources for whatever I can dream. I have the freedom to write a whole new chapter as it unfolds.
I spent the last 2 months moving, budgeting, calculating, and eventually resting (well, for a week maybe). I spent the last 9 months living out my new retirement life, checking off all the things I wanted to do. Then I found myself with lots of unstructured time and projects. If they got finished – good. If not, oh well – there’s always tomorrow. I’m pretty good at finishing projects, so they’ve all gotten done, or are about to be completed. Car repairs, home decorating, travel, garden, dance, cooking, reading, etc. But as that list got smaller, I experienced something I hadn’t ever lived through before. That is, freedom. Freedom from a defined schedule. Freedom from having to be somewhere. Freedom from having to return to a job after a 2 week vacation. Freedom from any self-imposed or structured schedule. I am experiencing freedom.
The new chapter in my life then, is beginning with the theme called Freedom.
Lets see what this new chapter has to offer!