Americans are highly mobile. In fact some of the most mobile groups of people are seniors relocating to live near their children and grandchildren. Or to avoid the high real estate taxes in their home states.
Whatever the reason, stop to consider how many friends you have made over the years that you will be leaving behind. It’s not so easy to make new friends in your new location. We tend to forget how many friends we have made and dropped over the years. How many friendships did you make through your children while helping them at school? Here are a few points to ponder as you plan your future.
Does the community you are moving into have a means for you to meet new people? Is there a club house or does the town have a lot of activities? Perhaps there is a college where you could learn more about a subject you enjoy. Is there a community center? A cultural center? Somewhere to go when you are bored out of your head? Do you enjoy hiking, antiquing, crafts, the arts, golf or tennis? I call this a life support system.
You need ways to meet people because you can’t spend all your time with your kids. And what if your children change jobs and move out of state? They might have a relocation package to help with their expenses, but you won’t have one. You may be left behind in a strange community in a market in which you cannot easily sell your house. And you know no one.
Salisbury, MD has institutions of higher education, tons of nearby golf courses and tennis courts, good shopping and restaurants, outdoor sports, a thriving arts and cultural center. If you are considering a move, touch base with me. This is my favorite hometown. I was born and reared here and can help you “get involved.”
Life is good and getting better!