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Some feel as we age that we should throw in the towel and call it a day. Our children even are a little weary of us making plans in our senior years. I truly believe age is a number and as long as our health holds out, we can still dream and reach for the stars.
"Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it!"
Leonardo da Vinci
We knew instinctively that tomorrow is never promised!
We have watched loved ones wait to do what they want to do, but sadly their plans did not come to pass. They prepared and dreamed, like us, for the future. Sadly, their days ended way too soon or their health kept them from fulfilling their dreams.
As we watched...this changed us inside!
We decided we would not wait! If the Lord granted us a way, we would take it. We took a big breath and bought our first fifth wheel. We now hope to enjoy the time we have camping, if even locally, until retirement. We will enjoy the days we have been given. If the Lord wills, we hope to take our grandchildren on many trips before they are too old to think us a drag! Once retirement is here...then perhaps we can make our dream come true.
As a mother and grandmother, I feel we are much more attached and worry should we travel too far from our grown children and grandchildren. I have read many stories of us mom's "putting off" our spouses to only wait for that perfect time.
We will always be concerned over our children. That is what we do and how we are designed. We BOOMERS worry over many things such as our ageing parents and their future, our grown children, and even the little ones who have made such an impact in our hearts. The list can go on and on. It is the "what if's" that can paralyze us and leave us sitting stagnant. Sometimes we have to step out in faith. If we are noble and honorable souls, we know when the time presents itself, no matter what the situation, we will do what needs to be done and care for our family members.
Until that time comes...we should live our lives to fullest because guess what...while we are waiting for the worst of the worst, everyone else around us is living their lives!
The only answer I have found is to not look too far into the future and live for today, asking the Lord above to guide our steps.
Perhaps one day we will be able to travel full time...IF THE LORD WILLS!
For now... we are savoring the time we have. We will make the most of the days we have been given.
My father is such a prime example of re-tweaking plans. They had beautiful dreams once he retired at 62 to travel in their camper. Sadly he had a stroke leaving him totally paralyzed on his right side. For a few years he could not drive. They sold their truck and fifth wheel. This was devastating to them. They had worked their whole life for this time.
After much therapy and my dad's stubborn, relentless will power to NOT give up, he began to drive. Dad and Mom revamped their plans. My parents bought a small park model down in south Texas and became stationary Snowbirds. They drive down in the winter and enjoy the summer weather. While this was not their original plans, they have found peace with the way their lives have turned out.
As each year passes and Autumn comes about I hear my sweet parents say...
"If the Lord willing, we will go down to South Texas once again!"
God is so merciful and good when you think about it! They could have wallowed in self pity and just thrown their hands in their air, but they accepted what was and attempted to make the best of the cards that was dealt them.
I was taught to not boast about tomorrow! We never know what tomorrow might bring.
"Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your Life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, IF IT IS THE LORDS WILL, we will live and do this or that."
We sometimes have to step out in faith and that is sometimes very scary. I do believe when the doors are closed, our plans may not be what we think them to be. If the door is cracked, then perhaps we are given a glimpse of what could be.
My parents have been my best examples in life and I am so proud of them for their "KEEP ON TRUCKIN'" attitudes.
Please never give up on your dreams and if you are able...don't put off what you can do today. If we continue to add these four little words...IF THE LORD WILLS to our thoughts and dreams, and truly mean them, then with a child like faith, we can blanket our plans with a trust like no other.
I pray your path in life will be lit with beautiful surprises along the way and the faith to bring them into existence.