2 years ago today I stepped into semi-retirement. I’m not going to lie, for some reason it felt scary. Giving up who I was professionally, decreasing our income and walking into uncharted territory. There seemed like more questions than answers.
My word for that year was change. The result of the year certainly came out as many positive ones. The biggest one was that my body was taking a pounding and I’m happy to report the most of those issues have disappeared. Oh I still get a cranky back/hip from time to time but overall way less aches and pains. It took a while to also lose the heavy mantle that I wore as a trauma nurse but eventually the cares were shed.
I’m still waiting for that elusive routine that people “fall” into with retirement. Perhaps I’ll never have that cut and dried Mondays I do this and Wednesdays I do that. I generally have a to-do list of tasks but how and when I focus on them depends on how I feel. Is the sun shining oh maybe I’ll go quilting the attic. Is it cloudy and ugly maybe I’ll go ride my bike and lift weights right now. Is it windy and icky well then perhaps I will bake until the wind dies down and I can go outside. Definitely not routine but neither is it boring or unfulfilled.
There have been lessons learnt
- My body my brain and my balance all need to start the day with a morning shower. This is my “coffee”.
- I still try to do too much in too little time.
- “Drifting” leaves me feeling dissatisfied at the end of the day and focused makes my soul happier. That said I am not against sitting in the sun and reading a book for a while.
- Exercise and strength are important and perhaps maybe finally hopefully I’ve found enough reasons and time to partake in it regularly.
- Sit around the fire and watch the northern lights. Eat cake, have a beer and celebrate the daily joys of life. Embrace those little things because really they are the big things.
- What was once an integral part of my life has moved on and the marvelous Mondays, wacky Wednesdays, thoughtful Fridays and even tough Tuesdays still happen. Just without me there so I’ve had to learn to let go and just hope that occasionally my name gets mentioned in a good way.
- Staying challenged and learning are even more important now. Who cares if it’s quilting, sudoku, puzzles, writing, woodworking or reading that keeps your brain active and engaged. Even getting a new computer counts here and eventually one will master those skills necessary (honest cuz R – I will eventually get it all together!) Mindlessly scrolling social media or watching tv allows rot of many levels to set in.
- Make every day meaningful. Stay connected to those you care about; especially now with Covid19 restricting our actual outtings.
- Time marches on. It doesn’t stop for anything; broken legs, rain storms or losing 10 pounds. It just keeps ticking and our allotment of it is unknown so we must use it wisely, even in retirement.
Got any lessons to share? Does having a “routine” or schedule work for you? I’m still trying to sort that one out as I free flow through this time.