At 65 next month, I feel I am starting over. Recently retired and this week completing a year’s stint as adjunct faculty far from my tenure of 25 years in Colorado, I have a second new home, no more classroom teaching after 40 years (though still teaching online), and a wide new community and lake environs to explore and to connect with.
I am grateful for the opportunities ahead without knowing what is ‘out there’ beyond the new horizons. My monthly question (inviting you to choose your own) is about how to proceed with the greatest aplomb into this next Chapter; how to step forth into new territory with more mindful awareness, an openness to real change, and the dedication to implement my potentials through various forms of service. How am I to start over, having moved away from longtime friends and environs?
I open this month’s query with a poem, my first poetic impulse for over two decades:
Now Settled In Me
These days I traverse mindscapes
accompanied solely by voices from within,
now settled in me:
Friends I may never again visit bodily
remain; constant companions
alongside Masters and guides,
memories and silent vistas.
I welcome YOUR Story and Comments!
Thanks, dear Ro!
Your poem is beautiful. Excellent beginning!