The traditional symbol of a five-year anniversary is wood. In relating it to Sunset Years marking five years in January, I like to think wood represents robust roots and relationships with my readers, not wooden writing of my posts.
The second anniversary post discussed the technical challenges in setting up my blog. I’m thankful to have taken advantage in 2017 of the ‘window’ of opportunity; frankly, the rather arduous project would likely defeat me now. Indeed I frame planning for and living our later years in terms of ‘windows’ — to represent the necessity to see clearly before taking decisions. Because we want to open and close metaphorical windows at propitious times.
Opening windows seems a positive act. Think of springtime, when we throw them open to let fresh air fill our homes. However, just as we may not open the windows during an April shower, we must deliberate before proceeding, or not, with new opportunities or changes. Some decisions are easier to take than others. Starting a blog? What’s the worst that could happen? A wounded ego if I couldn’t figure out its set-up or, once launched, no one read it. But how about if or when to retire? Or whether to move to a new city or town? To downsize, upsize or stay in the same space?
Closing windows may entail saying goodbye to activities and aspirations. Examples for me: giving up golf and pickleball, both games that gave me pleasure — until they didn’t. From an article in Good Times, Dr. Heather Herriot says, “Adults being able to either re-engage with new goals or disengage from ones no longer attainable is associated with better lifestyle outcomes.”
No one scores a hundred percent in taking the right decisions at the right time. When we err, resilience — combined with an all important ability to live without regret — will salvage us.
My blog happily occupies considerable time in conceiving, researching and writing topics. Today’s post is number 126. Thank you readers and contributors for joining me on this journey, which is not over yet: a pledge, not a threat. In other words, I’m not ready to close the window on Sunset Years. •
Will Sunset Years mark a 6th (iron) anniversary? The likelihood increases exponentially if readers accept my standing invitation to become writers, as ten have done. Please send me your musings for publication.