Okay so here it is…as the 2018 – 2019 hunting season begins to wind down we are all going to need something new to talk about around the campfire. Obviously we will tell our friends all about the game that we bagged and about the ones that got away. We will discuss the new spots we are going to focus our attention on and the “hot-spots” that didn’t produce the way that we had expected them to. We’ll tell some “war-stories” about deer camp and what our fishing plans are for the spring, but I’m interested in a subject that has a little more “meat on the bone”.
I have recently had some serious upheaval in my life. Over the last several months I’ve started to come to the conclusion that it’s time to make a major change. I’ve decided that we should all live our lives with one simple thought in mind…living our life in a manner focused on happiness. Life is too short to spend all of our time making sure that our boss ends up rich while we end up emotionally spent.
At the age of 47 I was completely unprepared for the passing of my mom this past November. Obviously it can happen to anyone at any time, but I hadn’t even started to contemplate my life without her in it. Her passing leaves my Dad on his own for the first time in his life. At 71 years old he’s still more than capable of taking care of himself, but he is a warm weather guy and I don’t see him ever moving back to the Northeast. I’d love to end up a little closer to him geographically speaking.
My little sister is a successful food stylist that lives on the outskirts of Chicago. She is awesome at her job and is committed to staying in that part of the world for the foreseeable future. She has a very solid situation and is more than capable of taking care of herself.
My son just moved into his first apartment in Lynchburg, VA and will, most likely, be moving towards being out on his own and in that neck of the woods fulltime. He’s a good kid that has another couple years of college to knock out. I’d like to remain within an easy day’s drive from him.
My mother-in-law lives in FL and my father in law lives in PA. They are both pretty healthy, financially stable and are both currently able to fend for themselves. My wife is an only child, so there are no siblings to worry about on her side of the family.
I am gainfully employed and enjoy my current position, however, I am also at the point in my life where if I am ever going to try something new…well then the clock is ticking. I plan to continue my endeavors with Chasin’ Whitetails Media, but that can happen from anywhere and part of this discussion revolves around being able to increase my outdoors activities.
On the personal front I like to waterfowl hunt, small game hunt and I am very interested in learning more about hog hunting. I like to fish, but prefer saltwater opportunities. I plan to own an 18’ – 21’ skiff of some sort that I can hunt, fish and scoot around in. I like warm weather, hate snow and would like to wear shorts 365 days a year. I love to be outdoors, enjoy playing golf, shooting sporting clays and watching baseball. Professionally I have been in sales and management for roughly my entire adult life and would see myself remaining in that capacity.
My wife likes to stay busy. She enjoys shopping, socializing and hits the gym religiously. She likes the idea of a shared outdoor activity, however, so far hunting, fishing and golf haven’t worked out well for us. She likes warm weather, but she’d also like to see spring and fall to some extent. Professionally she has held numerous banking positions and does well in customer service, She’d also like to get more involved in volunteering, specifically at an animal rescue of some sort.
We both like the idea of “community living”. By “community living” I am talking about planned developments that include shared amenities: rec. centers, swimming pools, fitness centers, golf courses, sports leagues, restaurants, bars, shops, etc.
So here is the challenge. Pick the place that my wife and I should move. There are really no rules to this challenge and there is no guarantee that we’ll follow through and pick up sticks, but the idea of a fresh start is always fun to explore. I’d love to hear your opinions on the perfect town and why you’ve zeroed in on that particular location. Let’s hear your thoughts on the perfect sportsman’s paradise here in the grand old USA.