Another day and another blog. Today I’m going to reflect on the big “R”. How many times have you heard,
#1 “I don’t know how I ever had time to work.” or
#2 “The golden years aren’t so golden.”?
For the sake of not boring you I’m only going to cover #1 for now. “I don’t know how I ever had time to work.” I’ve heard people say that so many times both before I retired and after. And now that I’m here I can agree and relate. I haven’t quite figured out if I’m slowing down (probably), or I have more to do, or if the days are getting shorter. But I never seem to run out of things to do before I run out of time to do them. For one thing I’m not a morning person, so I usually start for bed somewhere between midnight and 1:00. And, get up around 8:30. Some (morning people) might say that half the day is gone before I get started.
When I first retired, and I know some of you are going to shake your heads at this one, I would set the alarm for 6:30 and then turn it off. I got an enormous kick out of thumbing my nose at the alarm and going back to sleep. It didn’t take me too long to move beyond that and just sleep in.
I know when I retired people would ask me what my plans were and I’d say nothing. I’m going to take six months and do absolutely the minimum. No deep cleaning like closets, no yard work, no projects…. you get the idea. No nothing! Hah, almost immediately I found myself working on a political campaign. From there I ran for a national director of a large organization and got the position and . . . again you get the picture.
I’m not dumb, I know better, so from time to time over the years I will finish commitments and down size. And swear, never again, but for some reason after short breaks I find myself back with to much to do and too little time to do it. One good thing is I simply don’t have time to get sick. And, I have to be honest, a big part of what we do is play. A lot.
So life is good. Still a challenge, still exciting and each new day is in itself a journey. How about you, have more retirement stories?