It takes years for some people to get their head around downsizing to a property with less maintenance. In the beginning it’s such a great thought, you may even know a couple of friends who have taken the plunge and seem like they’re really enjoying life. The only problem is you are not ready to disconnect from the family home just yet.
Over the next few years, you start to slow down as the maintenance on a bigger house increases and keeping it clean is already enough of a task. In some cases, the kids or other family members aren’t ready to let go, so they force your hand to stay there, for I guess, their own selfish reasons (meant in the nicest possible way, of course). But the problem with this, is you start to miss the point of downsizing.
A lot of people treat downsizing like it’s jail or the end of their life. But in fact, it’s just the beginning. The earlier you can make the choice to move away from maintaining a larger space, most of the time by yourself, to a lock up and leave lifestyle, traveling the world or sipping lattes with friends, the quicker you realise that there is so much more to life then just cleaning or fixing.
I completely understand it’s a daunting thought, leaving everything you know, a lifetime of memories, it’s not a decision that comes easily. All I know from my experience of helping people purchase their new life is that, once they do, they never look back. If anything, the one comment I hear the most, after a few months of this amazing new world of doing whatever you want, is, why didn’t I do this earlier. This is a reoccurring phrase on many accounts.
Most people enjoy themselves so much and have the health and energy to do everything they have dreamed of and even some things they never thought possible. But, there are a large amount of people who downsize out of necessity or even need. Therefore, it’s important to jump on the decision earlier rather than later. There is still a high amount of cases where people have pushed their body to the limit, doing what they’ve done for all their life, not accepting that the body is just not what it used to be. Best case scenario, you may break a hip, not allowing you to get back up and down those stairs and effecting your life forever. A worse case would be taking a tumble down the old staircase in the family home and doing yourself some real injury or even just pushing your body beyond it’s limits that you cause yourself a heart attack or other serious issues, these can be paralysing. All I know is that when you must downsize for any reason other then your own, in so many cases people don’t embrace the life changing circumstance, instead they despise it and sometimes just give up on life anyway.
I guess the main point is, when you choose to downsize, own the decision. It’s your life and you deserve to enjoy it, especially after the years of looking after everyone else. It’s time to look after yourself and remember what it’s like to be young again.