Many of us have an idea of what retirement looks like, or at the very least what our ideal vacation spot looks like! I have spent some time in multiple exotic locations, most notably Hawaii where my parents both still live. I can say that I will someday return to Hawaii and probably spend retirement in the sands of Maui. With that said I recently took a few visits to, ironically, my parents New vacation spot in Lake Shasta. They, having been in Hawaii for sometime now look at this as their ideal retirement spot, the spot that they want to call home when they have no work to do, or no one to answer to but themselves…Looking from an outside point of view I really like both spots, below is the view from their property and there is no amount of words that can describe the feeling when you wake up in the morning to this view, similarly I could probably same the same about their house in Maui, the ocean waves pounding on shore, the smells of all the various amounts of Hawaiian Fauna that is sitting directly outside in their garden! Admittedly I can say that the fruits, flowers, and views of Maui are a bit more appealing to me then the location below, although I absolutely love this location for the food (trout and elk to be exact) and the fun that can be had on the Lake and the surrounding Lakes and parks (fishing, hiking, water skiing, golfing). I guess the point is that we all find different things that appeal to us and really I see it changing throughout my life…I can even say that my parents are great examples, they surely never saw any other spot than Hawaii as their home, however as they grew older and their activities changed so did their love for the island…Now Shasta appeals to them as they can sit on their boat, fish, have a few cocktails and return to their home grill up some fish and enjoy a nice evening of 60’s or so weather rather than the balmy 70-80 degrees they get now! Find your passion, live it, love it, and follow through with your dreams!!
I came home today and really just wanted to watch the basketball game…somehow the convincing of my daughter had me out on a beautiful day making art out of our driveway. I realized during my masterpiece that I had detached myself from all the stress of work, the worries of a 7.5month pregnant wife and was completely in a different world. For that hour or so I was 100% stress free. The kid in me came out, making me realize that maybe that should be taking place a bit more…I suggest you take time to be a kid again, afterall how much stress is there as a kid! None!