Last year at New Year’s I said I would blog 2-4 times per week. It wasn’t a “New Year’s resolution” per se – just a “this feels right, let’s do it” start to a new year.
Then my Dad died very unexpectedly (anaphylactic shock). The reverberations continue. And as I posted in Diane 3.0 – Wandering Sage – Where’s the Ceremony I’m at a liminal state of life. I AM ‘test driving’ “retirement” – my last day in my corporate gig was the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. As I mentioned in the earlier post this feels a lot like first grade or adolescence – I don’t know how to do this, where are my playmates, etc.
One of the things I know I want to do is to get back into my exploration of cohousing in Northern Illinois as mentioned in this post. I’ve been heartened that several of you have responded to my initial posts and have felt regretful that I’ve not ‘sprung into action’ earlier. Grief is a strange land to walk through and losing someone as important as my dad was to me took a lot out of me. But it’s time to re-embrace life!
With winters such as we are having now in Chicagoland, I have to say I question my sanity in considering this land of my roots as the land of my elder years – what’s with this -10 today?! But roots run deep. And the fact that there is no cohousing in northern Illinois seems to present an opportunity to forge a trail.
So this post is just to say hello again – to thank you for your patience. My thought right now is that this year’s blogs will focus on two primary themes – this “Life 3.0” stage and cohousing. Oh, I am peripatetic, so there likely will be all sorts of things to say, but the conversations I seek are around the issues of moving into the next phase of life and of living in community.
Thank you for your patience – and let the conversation begin!
Please chime in with YOUR experiences of moving into a new life phase (doesn’t have to be ‘baby elderhood’) and or your interest in building community (doesn’t have to be cohousing per se). As always, I really want to know!