People ask me about retirement. Do I enjoy it? Hell, yeah! Really, I’m lucky! Very lucky!
No white-knuckle driving! I was grateful during the last record-breaking snowstorm. I didn’t have to drive or worry about parking. There was no need to get to a job. All I missed was my Starbucks Joe.
The beloved husband dug us out before the commercial contractors. My help was limited to getting to the bird feeders and buying him snow pants to keep him warm. The latter happened several years ago and I still take credit for that. I’m hoping that thoughtful action will give me winter credits until we move to the nursing home.
Some people worry about spending time (a lot of time) with their spouse. I like my spouse. He has interests that keep him busy and happy. I have other interests. When we come together there is always something to talk about. I do more talking but he is a great grunter. Great primordial grunts that I get. I’m very lucky.
He’s a great partner for idea bouncing. He doesn’t freak out when I say, “I have an idea.” Secretly he is trying to figure out how to talk me out of it. Sometimes he will embrace it. Sometimes it really is a pipe dream. Sometimes he does the pipe dream anyway just because I want it. So lucky!
My mother lost my dad before either of them were retirement age. They would have enjoyed retirement together. That makes me especially grateful. Really lucky.
Working people (obviously envious!) often ask what we do all day. I do all those things I’ve always wanted to do but never had time. Some of them I didn’t know I wanted to do.
I enjoy my cats. I take photographs of them, most are blurry because they are cats. I have thousands of pictures of butts and tails.
Sometimes we (the cats and me) will catch up on a missed program or snuggle and read a book. (Yes they can read! You think I have dumb cats?)
Occasionally I have a project to do. Projects are of my own choosing. I don’t do things I don’t enjoy. You hire people for that.
My curiosity takes me all sorts of places. YouTube is the best thing since sliced bread and so is Google. I can do all sorts of things. If I’m curious I look it up and watch how it works. Anything…it’s all there. (There is the Kamasutra for that other stuff. I wonder if there’s a version for achy joints.)
My appointments are conveniently scheduled during the day time hours so I’m not squished in with working people. I get in sooner and get out quicker. The risk of getting a double or triple booked time isn’t as great.
Life is not as intense. When I worked I had to be frugal with my time. I worked from a list to get things done. Never deviating (mostly). Saturdays were days when I shopped at crowded stores with other cranky workers.
I love weekday shopping! Aside from getting run over by walkers or hit by canes, it’s good. Seniors can be cranky too…just saying.
I squander time as my interests guide me. I call it “conscious squandering.” It’s quite a luxury. The concept would have given me night terrors during my working years. You know…a purpose for every minute! Accomplishment! Onward!
I’m never bored. There are a ton of things I haven’t yet gotten to. There’s no hurry. Maybe I’ll get there and maybe not!
Some of you are retired. Were you disappointed? What are your favorite three things about retirement?