By Flo Williamson – Frequent contributor and Site Monitor at Topretirements
May 27, 2020 — Who knows when this Covid-19 pandemic will end, and what life will look like in the future? Besides the tragic loss of life, lost jobs, and lost income, there is a sense of loss and questioning for many retirees or those close to it, as to what the future holds during the time we have left.
Reassessing our priorities has become unavoidable– what we thought we wanted our retirement to Look like, has become for many, what we need our retirement to be. For those of us wishing to relocate and possibly downsize that option has become more difficult. Besides the obvious difficulties in visiting, buying, and selling, I for one, am questioning my initial relocation choice.
We always wanted to move to a more rural area, away from the busy suburbs where we currently reside. I think though, about a vacation/retirement home we once owned in the rural (one stop light in the entire county rural) Pennsylvania mountains. There was one grocery store in the entire county 20 miles from our cabin. What would happen if I needed something that the store didn’t have? There were no other reasonable choices available to me. I know, this is an extreme example, but the proximity of numerous stores in one area is something I never appreciated before. I’m also glad that we are in a single family home and have the ability to go outside, putter around and garden in the yard. We have talked about downsizing to a condo or more likely a townhouse, but being quarantined, with limited access to public outdoor areas, has shown me the need for my own outdoor living and working space. With that in mind, weather has also become more of a priority. There’s not much point in being able to go outside if the weather stinks. This spring on the east coast has been dismal. While I know that the weather is cyclical, I also know that there are areas that are typically more sunny and warm than where we live now.
We miss our children, who both live on the west coast. Prior to the pandemic we would visit with them several times a year and vacation together. It was hard to leave them, but at least we knew we had another visit planned and could look forward to that. So far, we’ve had to cancel two trips since January. We hope to take a road trip out west this summer, but who knows. On many levels, I would feel much better if we were within driving distance of them. And finally, I have to consider the question of moving into an assisted living facility, when that time comes. Perhaps this is the time to really consider a home where you can age in place!
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