The 100 Years Club Installment #40: How I Give a Hoot!Reading Time: 2 minutes
Someone recently asked if I am a snowbird (someone who leaves cold weather to settle in a warm climate for the winter months).
My life is much more freeform than that. So, I dubbed myself a “sun owl” instead.
Although I love sunny weather (and cheery people), I don’t travel to escape anything. I journey to head toward new experiences, joy, relationships, and insights.
Having a set travel schedule seems boring to me. I’m now in the mode of booking one-way flights.
Owls are very wise, and you rarely see them traveling in packs, following a formation or a leader. (Oddly, a group of owls is called a parliament. They are generally monogamous and don’t have a distinct pecking order.)
As I prepare for my next flight back east, I think about how I have broken away from my fear of the unknown (because, after all, fear is this month’s theme) and become more spontaneous at this stage of my life.
Now let’s get a little woo-woo.
“Owls symbolize inner wisdom, change, transformation, intuitive development, good luck, and self-actualization.” – Mind Body Green
Owls are often seen when people die, and that has proven true with my father and mother.
But back to pragmatism:
Travel is great for the soul, as I’ve written in previous posts. In fact, I just resurrected my travel website, BleisureLiving.com.
Here are things you can do if you’re interested in a sun owl lifestyle:
- Don’t be afraid to travel year-round. Look for deals and experiences in new places.
- Make plans to see friends and relatives when you’re flapping around.
- Attend events in other geographies and even consider long-distance dating (the topic of an upcoming The Geezer-Proofer podcast episode!)
- When you return from a trip or experience, ruminate on the wisdom you’ve gained as a result.
Whoo is with me?
For more owl facts, visit this site (but please migrate back here!)