Being a sixty-something woman, there have been many paths I’ve taken in life. There was the path of marriage (and thankfully, I am still on that path), of motherhood (still a mom, but not mothering), of homeschooling, and of teaching music, just to name a few. As I’ve come to realize, my path of life has incorporated many twists and turns…sometimes, going down a path of convenience, well traveled by others, worn with no rocks or unevenness…other times, heading into the shadows and working my way through rocks and puddles of mud. Soon I will be heading down a path that is new to me, one that I am so excited to head down, but yet a bit unsure of what to expect and how to navigate it. I will soon, three weeks actually, be heading down the path of “retirement”. I have decided that after almost 20 years of teaching piano, I will be hanging up my hat and pursuing a new direction in life!
Don’t get me wrong, I have LOVED teaching music and I will continue to teach my grands, but I will be taking a new path…one that will be a whole new adventure. But, like I said, I’m not sure what to expect. I have plans, lots of plans, and I have desires, yes, lots of those too, but I still feel the “unsureness” of where this path may lead. Will I finally write that book I’ve been working on for years…in my head? Will I get to paint that watercolor I imagine? Will I be able to finish my other craft projects that I have started and then set aside for that “next season of life”? This path that is before me has so much awaiting! Now, I will have time for that extra long lunch with a friend, a day (or night) with my grands, a quick trip to the country or an overnight with my husband, just because we can! This retirement path is one many have traveled, yet for each person, it seems so different…some have loved it and some have loathed it. I pray this will be a path that is grounded in this verse, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your path straight.” Proverbs 3:5 & 6. Yes, as I begin this new path of life, I do want it to be one that I trust fully on Him to lead and guide, whether it be on a mountain top or the depth of the valley, leaning on His Word.
Here’s to PATHs newly taken in the latter years of life!