Fandango asks a provocative, thought provoking question each week. This one today, in this current time, gave me pause so I thought I should answer it – stream of consciousness style.
Are you satisfied with your life at the moment. If so, what is it that brings you the greatest satisfaction? If not, what might you do to achieve satisfaction in your life?
At first glance this seems an easy question to answer, but after a little thought, it’s not a question that evokes a simple response. We are in the middle of a global pandemic, something I did not see coming when we entered into retirement a few years ago. The early news was that simply by the virtue of age, I was in the high risk of unfortunate outcomes should I contract the virus. Add to that a society that seems to be coming apart at the seams, times could be better. In my cocooned little world, however, I am very satisfied. We are fortunate to be financially secure, our house is paid for and we have access to all that we need. I am living with a man who loves me as much as I love him and we are comfortable and content with the life we have built together. I know several people who have chosen to split up during these times because their living arrangement just was not healthy and a pandemic does not make bad things better. One friend told me someone she knew split because the person they were with was not their doomsday partner. So, if this is my doomsday, I am thankful to be coupled with the right person. Our children and grandchildren are all happy and healthy. There are a few hurdles what with job losses and all, but in the overall big picture, I do not worry about them too much – not more than a mom worries in normal times. Let’s be honest, we could all find things to complain about and to yearn for if we look hard enough, but I am surrounded by artifacts of a life well lived. Other than a few aches and pains, I am relatively healthy and I have family that loves me. Nothing could satisfy me more than that.