I usually spend Saturday evenings at my oldest daughter’s house. This is 1 hour away from where I live, so it is a bit of a drive to get home. We go late into the evening playing all sort of games, the normal game is some sort of ‘role playing’ game. The games are always fun for me, but that is not the focus of this post.
Nope, the focus is my thoughts on the drive home, and the 45 minutes to an hour I need to spend to ‘unfocus’ from my drive home. Driving late at night, I push my body awake. Kind of like a coffee kick without the coffee. I can just force myself to be alert, unless I’m really very tired. This comes in very handy on long drives, or other activities that need my full attention. It is a ‘gift’ I’ve always had. As with all gifts, there is a downside. It does take some time to unwind.
Anyway after all this, I was thinking on the drive home about where I am in life. I am an only parent, but my daughters are growing up. Two are married and out of the house, one is engaged to be married soon, the youngest is now a senior in High School, just months from turning 18. They don’t need their dad as much as they did 5 short years ago. I’ve been a widower for 5 years, so in most peoples eyes I would be considered single. I won’t go into the ins and outs of all the differences with this label, but for me, I prefer the widower label to the single label. I never made the choice to be alone, it was kind of forced on me. That in and of itself is enough for me.
I now know of some people trying to ‘set me up’. Dating, while it has crossed my mind, isn’t my main concern. I’m not out there looking. If someone falls in my lap, so to speak, I guess I wouldn’t mind. But looking for someone to be with is not my primary goal right now. I have good friends, wonderful daughters, somewhat strange, but likable family, and hobbies that keep my mind occupied. I’ve been busy trying to find out who I am. For so many years I was part of a well oiled team. That team got split up, and now I’m a solo act. I’m just starting to find out what is important to me. There really hasn’t been any time to spend dating. I’m not even sure I want to go through the hassle of getting to know someone again. Never enjoyed that when younger, I’m fairly certain I won’t now. My wife and I kind of just clicked together. Not from the first meeting, but within a few dates, it was like we knew each other forever. Spent 20 years both knowing her and getting to know her better, not a bad way to spend 20 years. Now, I’m not even sure what I would be looking for, but then again, I wasn’t sure 25+ years ago either.
I was also thinking about my weekly gaming sessions at my daughter’s house. Does this infringe on the time I should be spending with the two younger daughter still (at least somewhat) in the ‘nest’? Do they need more of my time, or is this a good use of my time. I tend to enjoy the gaming, and it does relax me. Good point in dealing with the day to day troubles/situations my two at home can give me. I’m thinking I should just talk to the other 2 involved. Yep, that is the answer there.
Also thinking about how much time I should spend with the theater. Yes, I’m currently preparing for a show, I’m on the production board, I tend to volunteer for other projects. Am I spending too much time there?
Do I spend too much time blogging? Yes, sometimes I do. (like now) Could I use time better? Sure. Are other interests suffering from this? You betcha. But this is the place I clear my head, so I have more room to fit all the other stuff going on. Doesn’t need to be a daily habit, but the clearing is beneficial.
Yes, all this and more went through my brain on an hour drive. Now I’ve relaxed and I’m able to get much needed rest. Read through at the playhouse later this afternoon.
1 thought on “Late night thoughts”
Yep… blogging is a good place to empty the cobwebs of the mind. All that clutter up there needs to go someplace. I agree… long drives at night usually lead to a period of unwinding after.