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WIP

WIP stands for, in the quilting world, a Work In Progress. Which is different than a UFO, which stands for an Unfinished Object. I think the analogy to life here is quite fitting so read on as it’s not a quilting blog!

It’s, you guessed it, another blog about retirement and the impact it has on the head. The impact of retirement on the feet is much more obvious. That and all the other physical parts that were acting tired and cranky are now much happier without the pounding of the work day.

The head, well that’s a different story. At first it is relief from the constant juggling act that is a full time professional commitment. But after what feels like holidays are over, say 2 to 3 weeks, then you start to miss the commitment and rewards that striving always to do your best in a challenging environment gives you.

So the search begins inside your head to make sense of the next 35 years. Habits, routines, structure, and commitments versus free flow, down time and relaxing.

That’s the thing, with a full time professional life, you rarely come face to face with down time. Holidays are spent trying to enjoy the change of scenery before you go back to the daily routine. You make time for projects, fitness, friends and volunteering but it’s taken out of the big time pot and so you have no down time after groceries, laundry and other basic mundane requirements are put in order.

Down time can exist in retirement but how does one adjust the mindset. Downtime two months ago felt like wasted moments when there was never enough time in a week to begin with. So how do I turn a switch so that reading a book isn’t feeling like I should be doing something more “productive”.

I have a list of projects that is extremely long. It could seriously keep me super busy for five years. But is there balance in that? I don’t want to turn into a sloth like the blogger I quoted in my last post. But nor do I want to rush through retirement and forget to enjoy the ride.

It’s quite possible that everyone who’s still reading is rolling their eyes, especially anyone who’s been retired for a while. It does work out. I’m quite certain of that. Like all things in life time helps. One just has to be patient and take each day as it comes.

A mere 6 weeks I’ve already sorted out the swimming dilemma. I’ve switched pools to one that has windows and a day time swim that works well with doing errands and doing “lunch”.

So it’s a WIP this retirement gig. It’s time and effort to live a life of intent, one that has a balance. I don’t want it to turn into a UFO where I fritter away time. Whether you are 6, 16 or 60 time is a precious commodity.

  • Bernie
  • PS maybe tomorrow I’ll get off this topic and post a throwback Thursday post about some other subject. 😏

    4 thoughts on “WIP

    1. Good post. Most people do not realize that retirement is not a switch you can flip at the last moment, without a plan. One moment, you are working and the next you are not. It takes a good deal of planning and intent to be successful. If you have no life outside your job, it is not gonna be a fun retirement. I knew 26 months out what the date would be. I had tons of hobbies and pastimes to carry on with and I had planned a 7 1/2 week trip planned to make the break distinct. 4 1/2 years later, I do not know how I ever find the time to work and would not ever consider going back. It does take a bit of effort to stop treating retirement like your job. I do some work around the house, I do some exercise and I take some Me time. It is a better balance. The pay is not great, butt he fringe benefits are great. Allan

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      1. I had my date planned a year in advance but found saying goodbye to it a lot harder than I thought. It’s not just some of the people that I miss — it’s the complexity and the intensity. My semi retired job is super easy, decently fulfilling and will provide what the coffers need. See Tumultuous Tuesday post for the inside info there!
        In the meantime I have about 60 projects on the go and that in itself might be the issue. I am treating it like I have end dates to it all and must hustle. Still haven’t found the balance but it hasn’t even been 3 months yet.
        Thanks again for stopping and for commenting. Sometimes I feel like I blog to myself because the vast majority of people read and never even hit the like button so it’s super awesome to have connected with a blogger who is interactive.

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