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