I've a life long love of baseball, thus, forgive the parallels that follow: All planning and best intentions aside, our lives serve up any number of pitches - some are anticipated and expected, and we're ready for them. Marriage, Relocation, the Birth of Children and Growing Families. On the other hand, some are unexpected, and do funny things, like seemingly dip and swerve and bounce in mid-air. They are called "curve balls" and trick pitches. When we're not ready for them, nonetheless, we have to stand in there and take our best swing. Some examples? Marriage, Relocation, the Birth of Children and Growing Families (surprise - sometime notanticipated or expected). Add to these, Marital Dissolution, Relocation, the Emergence of Children into Adulthood, Shrinking Families and "the Empty Nest."
Lo and behold, fast balls, curve balls, and trick pitches are all capable of being hit for Home Runs. Just gotta be prepared, ready and equipped, and have a someone who has your back, who is loyal and who you can trust and rely upon to be there. My own experience includes decades as a player, as a coach and as a fan/spectator. In each position, I have striven to be "that Guy." Making it through LIFE Passages takes courage, patience and confidence and "that Guy" who can help pull you through.
Allow me to be "that Guy" for you.
"... that's Dale."EMPTY NESTS AND DOWNSIZING
Cliche? Not merely rhetorical. In fact, mature Homeowners are "downsizing" and selling homes that are admittedly too large and using the proceeds accumulated as a result of enormous built up (and underutilized) equity to move into housing that better "fits" their modern lifestyles, to include ready acccess to entertainment, restaurants, and recreation.
Truth be told, "new senior" modern lifestyles are abundant and inviting with a shift from single family home with yard work and maintenance and repairs to carefree condominium living. Extremely doable. Just takes a bit of courage (there's that word again) to venture out and see what options there are (and there are plenty).
If you have given even a fleeting thought to selling the "family home" and starting anew to live out your remaining golden years - please send a text, an email or give me a call. I'd be most pleased to share what knowledge I have regarding the marketing of your home and acquisition of a new, downsized arrangement.
You've heard the lament: "I wish I had ..." As noted American Philosopher and Major League Hall of Fame Member Yogi Berra said so aptly:
"When you come to a fork in the road, take it." Maybe this is one fork you just have to take (or at least explore).