The son of a career Army officer, Jim Harris admits that meeting new people is something that comes easily to him. “I was always the new kid at school, so you had to be outgoing or else you wouldn’t know anyone,” Jim laughs.
Yet after celebrating his one-year anniversary as a resident of Inverness Village, Jim was surprised at how fully he had become part of the people and the lifestyle here. “It truly is my home now,” he says.
Joining right in
“When I lived at home, I didn’t’ realize how alone I was,” Jim says. “My wife died four years ago, but I had a son nearby and a daily golf foursome. Still, I would play golf in the morning and be home by 10:30 or 11 a.m., and then I was alone for the next 19 hours. I wasn’t sitting around feeling sad and lonely all day, but I was eating almost every meal alone. After being at Inverness Village for a few weeks, it really struck me how much more social interaction I was having every day.”
One day after he moved to the campus, Jim joined 16 residents for a community golf tournament. Three of the people he met now constitute a regular golf foursome, and he considers them good friends. He is a community fixture: joining friends and neighbors in the Perryman Bistro for morning coffee and stopping into the Glenlivet Lounge a few times a week for Happy Hour, and entering the community’s pool tournaments. Recently, he has begun writing for the community’s “Village Voice” newspaper, submitting essays and poetry.
Planning his own future
Jim’s friendly nature made him a natural choice for the community’s Resident Ambassador Program, which matches ‘veteran’ residents with new members of the Inverness Village family, and the Resident’s Council, which collaborates with Inverness Village leadership on community programs and services.
Asked what advice he would share with someone who is considering a move to Inverness Village but still not quite ready to act, he has this to say: “However good you think it’s going to be, you’re probably going to underestimate it. The positives far outweigh the negatives. You still have your car and your independence. If you move here while you’re still healthy, there are just so many things you can do and so many great friendships to make.”