Journey to the Future
We have just finished a whirl wind 60 day journey. 60 days doesn’t really seem all that short when you put it on paper like this but let me tell you just the short version of our journey. My son and I left Bristol, VA for a 30 day visit to my family in Houston. During that 30 day trip, 6 days which were the actual trip back and forth, John prepared and sent off his resume, interviewed for a couple of jobs, wrote some thank you letters, joined Linked In and in general worked to find his “grown-up” job to start working towards his future.
As soon as we returned to Bristol we spent the next 2-1/2 weeks packing all our worldly possessions, giving away a great deal of those possessions that would not be going with us, and getting ready to move what was left of our “stuff” and ourselves to San Antonio, Texas. We left on Thursday the 5th of September and arrived at our new apartment on the 7th. John started his new job on the 9th, which didn’t leave us much time to do anything like unpacking before he was glued to the computer most of the day.
I am so proud of him, he has pursued a stock trading career since he was 15. He passed his series 7 and series 66 certification exams and is now working for a proprietary trading company. He is doing things with charts and numbers that just blows my mind. Thank goodness we homeschooled him. Not sure how he could have learned the type of things he would have needed to prepare him for this career in a standard public school.
Anyway, it would be so easy to say “isn’t life exciting” and leave it at that, because it certainly is exciting. But I am a 57 year old widow with health issues. I have an insatiable desire to do things and see things, but I also am living with the reality that I don’t have unlimited funds to handle everything. I have been learning new skills, visiting new places, learning more about the things I am passionate about, such as, tea, cheese, wine, and beer. I love hand crafted and fermented foods, and I love my Sweet Tea.
How many of you out there are in a similar situation? We might live another 30+ years, certainly 20+ more is almost a given. The big challenge is that we must live within the realities of health and money. I think it is time for a great increase in 50+ women entrepreneurs. Working for others is not all it’s cracked up to be and we need to venture out and make some new pathways and not leave the adventures or the technology just to the young.
My son John has entered his chosen career at 23 and I am finally living in one of my favorite cities in the US (I was going to say “The World” but my international travel has been limited to London and Mexico.) At 57, I am also entering into my chosen career, writer, health pursuer, foodie, and international traveler. (Why not aim big? I would love to put together a trip to Parma, Italy. Want to go?)
I can’t wait to unpack my kettle, or at least a sauce pan, so I can brew up some fresh tea and sit on my new patio and just relax in this wonderful city. I am getting excited. The journey into my future is not going to be easy nor pain free. Increasing my health and stamina will take lots of energy and determination. I just hope I have enough of both to move forward.
And, as always, Happy Sipping,
Lady Sweet Tea
Aging Gracefully Southern Style