With a few sentences and a click of the mouse I am one step closer. Just that easy.
Except it kind of wasn’t. I called it the Encore Act and I really truly enjoyed the teaching. I am quite surprised that I didn’t last longer. Truth is I found it exhausting this year. I did as well last year but thought that was just the Covid dance of Pulling Back & Busting Out.
There is no doubt I love to talk and to teach but I came home feeling like
whipped melted butter. Just .. so.. tired. On paper it seems like an easy enough gig. 25 minute drive 10 minute walk 15 minutes to set up 4 hours to teach 15 minutes to take down 10 minute walk 25 minute drive. The weeks where I did that three times felt very lonnnng.
Yeah it’s not a long distance to walk. 4.48 km and 5 hours to be on your feet is not much for a seasoned OR nurse. I think it was the constant “being on”. Every minute of the 2 hours with each set of students was filled with teaching. Then repeat it again. There was no dead space or downtime in the rush to impart as much knowledge as possible in such a short time.
Then of course because it’s fall there’s lots of garden harvest to do. There’s grandchildren to hang out with. The never-ending jobs of watering trees and setting the yard right for winter. Try to add in some creative time whether that was writing or sewing or decorating. And it all added up to one tired Bernie.
So now I am one step closer to full retirement. I will hang on a while in my other job because I can pick and choose the hours there. It’s also “in my wheelhouse” and so I find it easy.
So indeed just like that I am one step closer to a more relaxed less hectic life style. Oh I know I will still keep busy but it’s busy of my choices. It’s writing, cuddling, creating, fitness, baking, visiting time. It’s becomes a chance to be more mindful in daily choices of how I fill the time.