Saturday, August 04, 2018
Simplifying My Life
This morning I sent in my resignation letter as a board member and secretary (acting) of my Homeowners' Association.
I don't want this responsibility at this time of my life.
I have enough going on in my life, I don't need this.
Unfortunately for our homeowners' association, very few of our fifty-seven homeowners want to be on the board. I was nominated as a board member by my neighbor. I thought I could help, especially with my secretarial recording skills that I had in my previous life. But once on the board I realized that with my part-time job, my caregiving responsibilities for Bill and myself (our life now is a series of doctors' appointments), and just running our household takes up most of my time. With what time I have left over I want to do what I enjoy like blogging, gardening, reading, following my political shows, researching my roots on Ancestry.com, and organizing my photos and creating memory videos and spending time with my friend Pat and our four (quarterly) jaunts to our favorite cities. I'm seventy-six years old. I've been working since I was ten years old (as a paper boy - not just mowing lawns and running errands but actually working at a job), and I deserve and will claim time for myself at this time of my life.
Please friends and neighbors, do not volunteer me for any more jobs. I claim my time.
Since we moved to Delaware I've been asked to volunteer my time at several thrift shops (for free), at the hospital (for free), and to run for political office and to solicit votes (for free).
Folks, anyone reading this blog, DO NOT ASK ME TO VOLUNTEER for jobs that YOU WANT.
I have a life and I will decide how I live it.
Volunteering is a wonderful option for those who have the inclination and time for it. This is not an option for me. Bill and I live on a modest fixed income. Our income will never go up. However, how expenses continually creep up. I need my part-time job just to try and keep up. And I'll never get a raise on that job either. So if YOU want to volunteer, do it. Don't ask me because I'm turning you down.
I have no doubt some of these people who ask me to volunteer my time are well meaning , but I have to say I resent the fact that they think I have nothing going on in my life that I have to fulfill some desire they have. Don't do me any favors friends.
Every morning I wake up I roll out of my bed, sore all over. I'm unsteady on my feet. My whole body aches from my slowly advancing arthritic condition. I get up to go to the bathroom and I'm unsteady on my feet. My biggest fear at this time of my life is falling. I've fallen too many times in the past five years, three times causing serious injury. Just yesterday I almost fell leaving the Food Lion parking lot when I stumbled over a speed bump on the way back to my car. Thank goodness I didn't fall on my face like I did in Philadelphia a few years ago when I was crossing a busy street. Thank God Pat was with me and stopped the cars from running over me as I lay flat on my face.
Every day I need an afternoon nap to get through the day. If I don't I wind down like an old manual clock. I don't have the energy I used to have when I was younger.
I'm an old man who doesn't have much time left on this planet. I claim my time.