For the past two years that has been my stock answer to the question, “How’s retirement?”
Realistically it took me six months to realize that I didn’t have to go back to work the following week. I always had one foot ready to return (complete with stylish footwear).
It took me at least two months to catch up on my sleep (and Grey’s Anatomy!).
It took me a year to develop that perfect relationship with my cats. You know the kind. I adore them. They ignore me and we’re all happy.
It does take a while to rework your routines and get your groove on. There is all this time to accomplish what I couldn’t get done before but somehow I still don’t get it done. This is truly a conundrum!
I enjoy retirement. I enjoy the extra time with the beloved husband and no, we don’t drive each other crazy. That may be because we hooked up later in life or he just understands how a perfect marriage works. I’m
always usually right.
He has guitars and I have cats and frogs and fish so when we come together we have great stories. Sounds pretty exciting, right? Well, you’re reading my blog so you know I can turn a boring story into a page turner of sorts!
There is the freedom to do things during the week that are busy or crowded on weekends. We don’t have to get up early after a concert. There are no weekends or it’s all weekends depending on your perspective. All good things.
Ok, so there has to be some negatives. There are but not many.
We use more toilet paper. I know I heard others say this but it’s really true. Businesses should factor that in benefits packages. I can see it now….we offer competitive wages, matching 401(k) and unlimited toilet paper.
In a bad winter you can get the real cabin fever. When you are not required to report to work, you tend to stay put when the roads are nasty. Plans are postponed or cancelled. All of sudden you have been housebound for more than 18 hours and you are starting to talk in tongues. Those tongues include cat talk – never a good thing.
There is more time to shop for those things you wanted when you were working but no longer need. This is just too painful to discuss. Starting next week, I will wear earrings every day!
You have the time for the creative cooking you always wanted to do but your spouse and your friends have dietary restrictions that render the effort useless. Ok, so I’m not too upset about this one. The most fun creative cooking is the simple stuff. Chop, toss and eat! Or better still — reservations! I just love reservations! There are no dirty dishes.
I miss my work buddies but I get to see them, just not every day.
Overall there is a lot on the plus side. I won’t say I don’t miss work. I had a really great job with great people but there are passages in life and this is one of them. I was glad I could go out while I was on top.