Wherever You Find Yourself

By Pat Nichol


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Three years ago, I was beginning a new adventure. I was going to try house/pet sitting. Since then, I have had the opportunity to share homes with many four-legged, furry critters.

Recently, a friend asked “How long are you going to do this?” The question threw me off guard; I didn’t have an answer. My best response: “I don’t know. I’m having too much fun.” After thinking about it, I still don’t have an answer. Like the late Maya Angelou, I feel I am at home wherever I find myself. Is it time for you to maybe consider another alternative for your housing needs?

Housing means different things to different generations. As children, we share a house with our parents. As adults, sometimes we share a house with our children.

As time marches on, some may find themselves rattling around in a house that no longer suits the size of their family. Others may decide to move into residential housing with other seniors and endless amenities.

What does home and housing mean to you? We have many options – here is one more.

Have you ever felt you would like to move to another home, apartment, and area of the city or even a different city? That takes a great deal of courage, and then what happens if you don’t like it?

Are you living in an area that doesn’t allow pets, but you grew up with pets around you and would love to have the opportunity to cuddle a cat or walk a dog? I have been speaking to several people who have what may be the answer to a mini wanderlust or a need to have a pet – become a house/pet sitter, like I did.

As a house/pet sitter, your home can be wherever you find yourself. An opportunity to try different kinds of housing, cuddle that cat, stroll with that dog, and still appreciate your own place.

Not for everyone, house/pet sitters must be trustworthy, free of many attachments and willing to try new things often.

I’m more than trying it. I am doing it. As a spiritual wanderer, my steps are becoming less timid and more forthright. I am walking my own path and loving every moment of it.
 
What about you?
 
May each day this year bring you more happy adventures than the day before.

 

FEBRUARY 2016 INSPIRED SENIOR LIVING

 

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