I always say life is short and we need to take opportunities to do the things we want to do now but I haven’t always followed that approach to life. It’s easy to start thinking that I’ll do this or that when I retire and have more time. My husband has no problem jumping on any opportunity to go on a trip, meet up with friends and grandkids. For me it’s been a bit harder because of last minute work travel. I hate committing to something then having to back out. That’s resulted in skipping some things I would really like to do. Not anymore. I am ready to start committing! Over the past few weeks I’ve committed to a girls’ weekend at the Ozarks and a cooking class with my friend Karen.
Karen and I have been talking about signing up for a class for years. You have to sign up weeks in advance or the classes sell out. A few weeks ago she said, “We really need to do this,” and I committed. There were lots of options but we signed up for a “How to make pasta 101.”
I love to cook and I love trying new things. I blogged recently about all the gadgets I have and I have a brand spanking new pasta maker (Okay, 10 years old but never out of the box – which makes it new to me) and while I wanted to make fresh pasta, was a bit leery of the process. It turns out that pasta making, just like about everything else in the kitchen, is easy. But it sure was nice having a culinary instructor standing at my shoulder while painstakingly mixing my flour and eggs to make my first batch then coaching me as I was putting it thru the pasta roller several times until it was just right. Now I’m set.
Me with my flour covered wine glass in the prep area (class no-no).
It also turns out they serve wine at these things and I think Karen and I got our money’s worth on the class in wine consumption.
I’m starting to make plans. If I have a personal commitment on my calendar, I’m going to do my best to push a last minute trip a day or two so I can make it.
While I am planning on a great retirement and we have been committed to planning financially for a long and enjoyable one, retirement isn’t a given. I’m now taking action to make sure I am making my life more enjoyable and letting work be work. A cooking class may seem trivial but after talking about doing it for more than 2 years it came at a time when I really needed to be reminded that all we may have is now and we better be enjoying it. And GO STL CARDINALS !!!