Nothing is more certain than change

Tom Brezsny
- Tom Brezsny

Nothing is more certain than change

Continuing the conversation … on the nature of home and its intimate relationship with the challenges of aging.  It’s the same conversation everyone over 50 is already having, if not out loud with family and friends, then at least inside their own heads. 

It’s officially day 22,153 if you’re in the vicinity of 60 years old.  That’s roughly how long you’ve been on the planet.  It’s also the first day of the rest of the 30 or more years (10,950 + days) you have left to figure it all out. There’s no time like the present. 

Why this particular discussion in the middle of a real estate section where big ads for big homes and big dreams are so prominently displayed?  Because the concept of “big” adjusts over time along with everything else.  It gets scaled down to reflect normal aging processes and the slow arc our lives inevitably move through. 

Like when you have to start navigating your own path through the maze of confusing choices around things like retirement planning, social security, pension, health issues, trusts, long term care and future quality of life considerations.

Homes belong at the center of the discussion because they are the centering places for our lives in so many ways. They are also usually the biggest assets most of us will ever own.  All of which makes it extremely tricky when you are trying to figure out what place your home occupies in your own big picture.  We are trying to draw a map to help chart some of the landmarks of the future and to try to figure out where our own unique lives are at, in relationship to all the other moving parts. Here are a few truisms we can use as our “starting” points.

~ Nothing is more certain than change and there’s nothing that human beings resist more than change.

~ Choosing not to change is one of your choices. If you put off choosing long enough, eventually life will step in and make choices for you. 

~ When life chooses, you get change by default and fewer options. You are more prepared to handle change today than you will be 10 or 20 years from now.  

~ While being a bit fearful, change can also be new and exciting.  If the whole idea was to enjoy the fruits of your labor after all these years, what are you waiting for? 

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