After living in the United States my entire life, I moved to Cuenca, Ecuador to a very high elevation – 8200 feet altitude/2499 meters high from sea level. My career was as a mental health counselor – for 27 years I worked in a demanding and very rewarding profession. I retired a couple of years early at my choice
I have fibromyalgia which had become pretty debilitating, mostly in my legs and feet. Fibromyalgia is a poorly understood illness that will not kill me but often robs people of their quality of life causing pain between joints and muscles and assorted other issues. I decided to be proactive and move to a higher altitude since my fibro responded well to that and it decreases my pain by 50% – 70%. Lower humidity than Portland, OR where I had lived my entire career, where I raised my children and where I still have many friends and some family. Love Portland, get tired of so many months of rain. Love the beauty of Oregon and miss it. I miss friends and family like crazy!
But quilting…it is a wonderful hobby for my retirement. I recommend you find something you love to get good at or spend time learning so that when you are retired, you have a solid thing to occupy your time between swimming, travel or whatever else you plan to do.