Maybe I am one of the remaining unconnected rural people. Maybe it is more a result of age than locale. As I approach 60 years of age, I feel more and more out of it. I watch kids texting their little brains out and wonder what I'm missing. I retired from teaching high school partly because I felt so out of touch with students. It could be suggested by some that small school rural students are out of it anyway, but that would make me twice as out-of-it. I no longer listened to the same music, watched the same movies or television programs, and was totally not a gamer. Anyway, it's time to try something different as my mind now has the time to wander.
I know that many people think that teaching is almost "banker's hours" or even better because of all the holiday breaks and summers off. I must have been doing something wrong for thirty years then because I didn't get that sense of leisure. I found myself with no life outside of teaching. I felt the need to retire to find something of myself, if there remained much to find. I feel that sense that "there's got to be something more," but I have no idea what that might be. The paltry sum left of my teacher's retirement check (over half of the net goes to health insurance--as bizarre as that is) does not leave much for exploration financing despite the fact that I am debt free. So... what to do, what to do.... Maybe the only sort of exploration left as a viable option is virtual exploration. I have the means and ,finally, the time.