My mom recently sent me an e-mail with some pictures of things that she used to have (and still has some of them) and wondered if I remembered them. Actually, I remembered all of them! In the post it said that if you remembered them, then you must be old. Hmmm…….. I guess that makes me old, but I really don’t feel that way.
It’s funny how as you get older your idea of what old is changes. When I was in my early 20’s, a friend and I were talking about her sister-in-law who was getting ready to turn 30. Wow! We thought that was really old! As in, OMG, can you imagine being that old? I don’t know exactly why we felt that way, except that it seemed so far off in the future for us. Now, many years past 30, I realize that old isn’t really a number, but more a state of mind and what you’re doing with your age. I know many “young” people who act old, and many “old” people who act young. I love seeing older people out doing fun things and enjoying their lives. After all, isn’t that what we should all be doing?
I’ve always said that I didn’t want to be one of those people who get to a certain age and “wish” that I had done things when I was younger. I don’t want to live with regrets about adventures that I “could have had” or places that I “could have gone”. I don’t want to be older, sitting in a rocking chair, and feel that I let life pass me by. I know a lot of people who put things off until “later”, but it seems that later doesn’t ever come.
If you wait until you’re established in your job to have kids, making more money before you buy a house, want to be retired before you travel, or anything else that (in your mind) requires “waiting”, then you’re probably waiting too long. I’m not saying that you should do any of those things foolishly and without thinking them through, but maybe you can change your perspective of when the “right time” really is.
Let me give you an example. Say, for instance, that you want to travel but can’t afford big trips right now. You can still travel, but you can do it on a smaller scale. Instead of thinking about really big vacations, take a day or two to do something closer to home. Most of us have things we can do within a few hours of our homes. Jack and I like to go to ghost towns. It doesn’t cost anything except time and gas and it’s fun to look at the history of the towns. You can also take your family camping. There’s the initial expense of the camping gear, but once you have it you’ll be set for future camping trips. It’s fun and it’s nice to get away from technology for a few days. Camping isn’t your idea of a fun time? Most towns have inexpensive hotels that won’t break if you splurge on a night or two. After all, really all you need in a hotel is a clean room and a comfortable bed.
My point is that you shouldn’t spend years and years waiting for the right time, right job, right house, or right vacation. You can make memories now and enjoy life today. You just need to “do it”.
By the way, how many of these pictures do you remember? As I said before I started rambling about age, I remember all of them.