I am finally able to sit and think about my life the past couple of weeks. I have had two funerals to attend. That started a conversation with one of my friends about being an elder orphan – we are both single, no children – we are aging alone with no family available to address our future care-giving needs.
I never actually sat down and thought of this. Now I have to start thinking and working on a plan for aging without a family for support. I am most likely going to grow old alone. So I need to prepare to age alone. I am okay with this. I am and have been a caregiver to many in my immediate family – my grandmother, my Dad, my Mom and even my Step Dad – so I know what it entails. I guess I have to start answering the question, “Who is going to do that for me?” Not overwhelmingly daunting yet … just hitting home that I have to start making more conscious decisions going forward … with hope in my heart and grace in my step.