Living quietly and slowly enough to wake up and simply be in the moment, though quoted often as something to which we should aspire, often fails to appeal to us in reality. A day off is filled with running errands, cleaning house, remodeling, and 'catching up' in all that it means to us individually. It would not seem right or natural to wake up and just have a day of life in front of us without a to do list. If we do get through a day like that, many will feel like it was wasted. The once in a blue moon day of doing nothing (which even the wording itself conjures up negativity) can be cherished, but only if it is remains 'once in a blue moon' and not common practice.
She has macular degeneration, but at that time, it had not interrupted her ability to read -- at all. She was devouring a stack of library books ten inches high every week to two weeks. As her vision went, she had to switch to audio books.
Then a year ago, her vision took an even more dramatic plunge toward sightlessness. She can see shapes, and colors, and has a strong memory of sight, so she can fill in the blanks when she's looking at something. She can also fill in the blanks in ways that are funny and far from being what she is seeing. It's not the kind of vision that can be improved with stronger glasses, or the best of the best magnifiers or more light. Light can be very irritating, so she often wears sunglasses, even indoors.
Her balance has been greatly affected by neuropathy that we now believe was the side effect of taking an antibiotic called Cipro. Her feet began going numb a decade or more ago from the nerve damage of neuropathy. It's why she stopped driving when she turned 90. She didn't feel like she could "feel" her pressure correctly on the gas pedal or brake.
Add to that, the stiffness and limitations that come from surgery after a broken hip. She needs help dressing and putting on socks and shoes. She needs a constant spotter when standing and walking. While she's made a remarkable recovery, and I credit my daughter with being there every step of the way -- literally and figuratively -- she lost a lot of independence when she broke her hip.
Our RV travels provide a small way to maximize a life so limited by sight and balance (and lack of energy), as well as maximizing mine as a full-time caretaker. A big down side is how much effort it takes to be on the move. Add to that, dealing with torrential rain for days on end. Life is definitely not uninteresting.