This morning I looked at my calendar to find nothing scheduled. I felt a sense of relief. There are so many fun things to do at my active adult community, I think I try to do too many things.
Trying too many things is normal for new residents of active adult communities. Over 100 clubs and groups with which to get involved.. and many are so interesting, you just have to try them out.
Indeed when looking for a 55 Plus Community to move to, one of the things to consider is how many things are there to do. Another thing to consider, are there enough people living in the community to do those things with. Both of these considerations are important in finding your passion or niche within the community.
So you move in and sign up for everything! Your calendar starts to fill up and pretty soon you have something to go to just about everyday. It’s like being on a large cruise ship, there are just too many things to do and you find yourself sticking with the things you really like and start dropping off some others.
I have already dropped out of the Writers Group because it was just taking too much time. I learned so much in the meetings and assignments (yes, we had assignments!) and the people were interesting and great but it was taking too much of my schedule.
I wanted to join the Putt Putt Golf group but there are no openings in my schedule. Several other activities fall in to that category as well.
The regular activities I have embraced are walking (race walking), member of the bocce league, and weekly cardio class about two times a week. In additional we go to a couple of concerts a month at the clubhouse (already seem tributes to Journey, Rolling Stones, Elvis, a Ventriloquist, Follies, Liar’s Club, Blues, etc). Last night we played Bunco with about 40 neighbors on our street. We have had many special dinners at the clubhouse. The neighbors had us over Saturday night for a dinner party and we are joining them next week at a restaurant for a special occasion. I also like the Forum Club, the Democrat Club, the Financial Investment club called OWL (for old winners and losers). Oh I forgot that I also joined the ROMEOs (the retired old men eating out) and the men on our street go to lunch once a month. Then I also collect exposition coins medals and tokens too. I could keep going but this paragraph is getting kind of crowded, kind of like my schedule. 🙂
So now you may understand when I looked at my calendar today, it was nice to see NOTHING!
After writing this blog post, I received this month’s community newsletter “The Deaton Creek Villager”. Interestingly they interviewed the first couple to move in 10 years ago. The article ended with this suggestion from the first resident:
There is so much to do here…. 100+ groups with which to get involved. Take it slow. Don’t let it pressure you. Try different things at your own pace and find your passion or niche.
Good advice for all of us!