One of my friends used the phrase, “My world is so much smaller now.” I thought about the meaning of this phrase and how it applied to my own life. No question the plate I had in front of me had a full time job, caring of children, running a household, keeping in touch with people for social events, finances, etc. There were many different balls in the air, all the time, and I liked it that way!
My friend who put this new world into perspective worked for the same company I did and traveled the globe. She was always on a plane going somewhere, meeting important people, managing directors of major investment banks, Central Bank ministers, Presidents of emerging market countries, people with discretionary budgets to spend money. She loved her job and she did it so successfully.
When it all comes to an end, your world does shrink! It’s a smaller world filled with more mundane routines, like getting out of bed in the morning and making the bed, scheduling a game of pickle ball or mah jongg, a coffee date, a lunch date, a drink date, reading, getting in touch with friends.
Small is relative, I guess. “Good things come in small packages.” “It’s a small world after all.” “Only small minds are impressed by large numbers.” ~Arthur C. Clarke. “Small children give you a headache; big children heartache” ~Russian proverb. “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” ~Neil Armstrong. “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”~Napoleon Hill.
You get the picture!
So, maybe smaller isn’t that bad. It’s different. It’s not the same world that I had. It takes getting used to and tweaking, moving the deck chairs around, moving the chess pieces across the board. Small in the end is okay, as long as it’s meaningful and enjoyable. Anyway, it doesn’t mean my best days are over! Whenever you, Ms or Mr. Retiree, think that way, just look at Ruth Bader Ginsburg (The Notorious RBG). She isn’t going anywhere anytime soon!
. A smaller world (space) is not all bad. It’s easier to find your lost keys!
. Readjust your thinking! Get to like your new digs. Like little houses; a smaller world might not be half bad after all! Less to clean!!!!
Enjoy the Ride
xox Barclay & Joy