My friend Linda over at Thoughts from a Bag Lady in Waiting, says in her sidebar that in retirement her life is "an opportunity to say yes." It's a great philosophy and one I've tried to emulate. It is easy to stay within the confines of the familiar, the safe, but more of a challenge to venture into the unknown. This week we started a volunteer assignment at the Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum as volunteer hosts for the Oregon State Parks. Two weeks ago I read about the opening on a blog. I emailed the State Parks host coordinator...and now I'm sitting at the host's desk at the Lifeboat Museum. Out the window there is a stunning view of the ocean through the huge stand of Port Orford cedars because I said YES! (Well, really we said "Why not?")
There were a lot of reasons why it wasn't a good time. We'd just started painting the house and hadn't gotten the garden planted yet. It seemed like it was too short notice to pack up and leave for a month. But, we said, "Why not?" We finished painting the house in record time and got new drip irrigation installed in the garden. We harvested our first crop (radishes) and got tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers planted....then we packed up and left.
The state parks provide us with a site to park our RV...we're the only campers in a little park with a short path to the beach. Coastal deer roam through our yard. Everywhere we look there are stunning views and very few people. This afternoon (after work, and I never thought I would say THAT again) we're going to drive the coast looking for migrating whales. The weather has been perfect. I'm so glad we said YES!