After many years making the daily trek to my job at a fine arts center, I decided in 2015 to give up my days of designing theater programs, dance posters, music and art brochures and endless press releases and I quit my job. It was a difficult decision because my job was great fun – a place of creativity filled with fun people sharing fun times. But six years previously, I had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and as those who have had experience with the disease will understand, maintaining a strict daily work routine becomes difficult.
Since retiring, I have spent my days more quietly at home where I live with my retired university professor/writer husband, John, and our family of cats. John and I spent many years traveling before the “stay-at-home summer of Covid” and we hope to pick up where we left off and resume our adventure seeking once again when it’s over. Until then, we do our part by entertaining ourselves at home.
I now spend much time sewing, painting and working on other creative arts which are said to help improve the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. Making face masks for local medical workers has become a fun project. I love gardening, reclaiming attic stores and garage sale finds, and recycling old objects to new uses. With my daughter, Amy, who also inherited both the art gene and the second-hand shopper gene, I prowl local thrift stores and yard sales for discards that can be transformed into modern day treasures.
Life at any age, has its adventures! Wherever you are, make the most of what you have when you have it. Plan for tomorrow. Live for today.