A Change Will Do You Good

Remember that song by Cheryl Crowe, back in the nineties? About change, recognizing a need to do something different, shake off the cobwebs, dust, and get moving in a new direction?

Well, I have been feeling that for some time and wonder if you feel the same?

So last week I took a somewhat spontaneous trip to Spain to meet with some members of my family for a 60th birthday celebration. My apologies for not getting my usual Musings out last Sunday, but internet access was spotty and I haven't missed a week since I started in November 2017.

It was somewhat of a pilgrimage for me as well. I was connecting with my father’s other children, two of my five siblings and nephew on that side, for the first time. We have been speaking, texting, and zooming for a while beforehand and I was touched to be asked to the party. Better late than never, I didn’t hesitate to say “yes”.

But I am not going to lie – I had some real trepidation, prior to meeting with them. Would they like me? Would we have enough to talk about after all the niceties are out of the way? Will we “click” or will it be just plain awkward? I needn’t have worried. We all easily connected with each other, and some of our mannerisms were the same. Nature vs. nurture was on full display. It was a lovely time and I felt like my life had been enriched by the experience. I am glad I took the risk.

Feeling a little bit stale? Like it’s the same old, same old? Hankering for a new adventure? Well, good for you, you still have some life in you and are curious about the world.

And that is a good thing, my friend.

As we get older, we get more cautious, and more fretful about the nature of the world. It almost seems frightening to venture out, especially after the last several years we have had. Do you feel that way right now?

Many of us are also at the end of our careers and thinking of retirement. And it is making us feel downright anxious.