INDEPENDENCE WITH NO REGRETS
If you thrive on independence, you’d be wise to make your own decisions about your future. Have you explored your options?
“I’m independent enough I didn’t want somebody else telling me, ‘Now, it’s time for you to do this, that or the other.’ I wanted to make those decisions for myself as long as I could. So anyway, I have not regretted it one little bit.” – Shirley Johnson, resident of The Fountains at Greenbriar
MEET SHIRLEY JOHNSON, A KANSAS CITY NATIVE AND MOTHER OF FOUR WHO LIKES TO CALL HER OWN SHOTS.
You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Shirley Johnson on Thursday, August 11th, 2016. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Describing herself as a professional mover, Shirley has called Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Seattle and Birmingham all home. Married for 55 years before being widowed, Shirley worked as a secretary and sold real estate, too. Knowing how happy her stepmother had been to live at The Fountains, Shirley always thought she might like to live there someday, too. That time came earlier this year. She’d grown tired of living alone and felt ready for a change. After she picked out her apartment, she told her kids and they were thrilled. Now she has no regrets that she decided to trade in loneliness and boredom for playing bridge, making jigsaw puzzles and chatting with new friends.
THE FUTURE IS COMING
People often fail to plan ahead, especially where their own well-being is concerned. You need not be one of them. “…I’m at an age where a lot of my friends have passed away and I was feeling like I just didn’t like being by myself all the time. Part of the time is fine but not 24/7. So I thought I need to be where there are people that I can get acquainted with and visit with and have conversation with…. And then also my doctor had talked to me about the fact that I need to be walking. And I didn’t feel comfortable walking outside by myself. I didn’t have anyone close by that could walk with me either. So I thought if I move over there I’ll be able to walk in the halls and that is what I’ve been doing.” – Shirley Johnson
Shirley had been apartment hunting for a friend and suggested she look at The Fountains. However, Shirley saw so many benefits, she moved in herself. “I really hadn’t thought a great deal about it but the more I looked at other places, some of them are quite a ways out, you know, and they don’t offer any transportation anywhere. I mean sure we’ve still got our cars but how long will we be able to keep them? So I definitely decided I didn’t want to be in one of those kinds of places where I’d have to move again in a year or whenever I had to give up some of my independence.” – Shirley Johnson
As long as you make no effort to consider your alternatives, you’re leaving your future to chance. Why take chances when the choices are so abundant? Grab a friend and start exploring. “I would just say for people not to be afraid of change. They might really find out that they like it.” – Shirley Johnson
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Shirley in person over a cup of coffee in our Gallery Café or a drink in our dining room. Just call 1-816-425-2157 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.