When you're young you think you're invincible. You will live forever, work forever, play, go out, do whatever it is you do forever. In my husband's case, he thought he was going to teach forever. He knew retirement would come someday, but no where in the near distant future.
But when you get sick, really sick like he was, your perspective changes. It changes who you are in the present, it changes how you look at the future. It shifts your priorities. Life becomes too short to squander it away. Too short to be wasting your time on things that no longer matter. Things like a big house.
At one point in our lives we had been dreaming of retiring to Arizona, but then figured retirement would come and go and we'd still be right here in Marsing. Sitting in our 4 bedroom, 3 bath house on a large lot with a rose garden, a vegetable garden, a shade garden, and a perennial garden.
With his illness came clarity. A new dream for retirement.
2 bedroom, 2 bath, very small yard. In a 55+ community in Boise.
Tonight we took a huge step (a leap, really) in securing a future where the important things matter. Where bigger isn't better.
Our new home. And a bonus for my mom - a place for her to live until we're ready to head to Boise.