After many years designing theater programs, dance posters, music and art brochures and writing press releases for a fine arts center, I quit my job. It was a difficult decision because my job was great fun. I worked in a place of creativity filled with fun people sharing fun times. But six years previously, at the age of 49, I had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Those who have had experience with the disease will understand that 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. Our trips will never be as long or as adventurous as they once were. We won’t be camping under the stars or climbing any mountains. But once Covid is under control, we may still be able to see a bit of the world. Until then, we entertaining ourselves at home.
I spend much time sewing, painting and working on other creative arts which are said to help improve the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. 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 stage, has its adventures! Wherever you are, make the most of what you have while you have it. Plan for tomorrow. Live for today.