I had a great relationship with my Dad. I loved him and really enjoyed spending time with him. As I became an adult and joined the Navy, my Dad enjoyed visiting me and experiencing the Navy through my career. He was in great physical shape and bowled, shot pool, and drove until he passed away at almost 90. He bowled in three leagues up to the end and was angry if he did not have a 600 series! I also remember that the young men in the pool hall would NOT play my Dad for money. Why, because he beat them more often that not and took their money!!
But there was one thing I did not understand, he did not like to schedule a trip. He used to say that scheduling the trip made the actual trip anti-climatic! He would rather get up in the morning and get in the car and GO! I really did not understand that until now. Now, I do not like anything scheduled. I don't like the alarm to be set, an appointed place to be, or to be expected to be anywhere. Scheduled events cause me to stress and they overload me. I get tired and overwhelmed when events begin to run together. Sometimes, I am tired and I need to sleep. If I have a scheduled event, I cannot take that nap or sleep in. And dealing with LBD, I need the freedom to sleep or just relax when I need or want to.
Of course, I still get aggravated over people judging my medical condition when they are not qualified. And since being involved in organizations puts me in contact with people who feel the need to pass judgement on me, I have decided not to associate with people in anything but a casual environment that I control. No one is going to put a requirement on me anymore.
So, a almost 62, I have learned again, just how smart my Dad really was! It's never too late to learn.