I’ve heard many say they’ve never been so busy as when they retire. I thought this journey would be filled with endless hours of contemplation and even loneliness. I had one person tell me I was going to be so bored I would be back working before long and glad of it. Not true!
I honestly think if I took one of those DNA tests that are offered today, I would find Gypsy in my bloodline. I’m loving life. I also thought after a couple of weeks of living in my van I would begin to feel closed in. Quite the contrary, I have wheels on my turtle shell and I feel freer than I ever have.
We’re all different. God didn’t do anything twice. No two flowers are exactly the same as are no two colors. I live in Oregon and everything is green. But not just green, a thousand shades of green.
I went to a free concert in the park last night. There were thousands of people there, thousands. At one point I walked through the crowd looking for familiar faces. I didn’t see one! But what I did see on many faces was discontent.
We live in a society that promotes sameness, and that goes against what God created us to be. When He made me I was different than anyone else. But I’ve spent my life trying to “fit in” and be acceptable to whatever standard I hold myself. Do I want to be like others around me, or like the models in the magazines? What is my standard? And how short do I fall of meeting it?
We set ourselves up for failure by not simply being ourselves. That’s what I’m seeing today. I am fearfully and wonderfully made by a creator that has never made a mistake. How glorious is that!