I actually retired five years ago and it was such an exciting time! The very hard work was done, studying, working hard at my career, raising my family, those were all ticks in the “accomplished” box, and I was about to reap the benefits of all those years. My house would now be spotlessly clean – every day, and we would eat gourmet meals prepared by yours truly. My craft room/office (I use the term loosely) would become a well organized, efficient workplace. I would enjoy sitting in my perfectly planned and tended garden while writing my first full length novel. What the heck happened?!? I still hate doing housework, can’t find what I want in the craft room, have been known to eat candy and chocolate for dinner if hubby isn’t home and writing a novel of fifty thousand words is a daunting task.
My retirement life took a different path from the one I envisioned. I had long been interested in politics so I joined my preferred party and decided to run as their candidate in my area. Don’t worry, I won”t try to sway you to any political bent, it is simply a part of my life, one that I enjoy and I’ll remain a very interested participant. Suffice it to say, politics took over for a while. There was so much to learn and study, people of all ages to meet and talk with, and many, many hands to shake. I enjoyed this experience most of the time. Though I wasn’t successful in my riding, it was a great life experience.
At the time of my retirement, my husband was still working four or five days a week so I did have many hours to fill on my own. Coffee or lunch with friends, shopping, and then the Internet became a vital part of my life. That sounds strange but it was a way to connect with people I hadn’t seen since childhood. My relatives are spread across this huge country so catching up with all those cousins has been great. Hours literally fly by while I chat, research, or play.
Being retired means I can do what I want when I want – sort of. There are still bills to pay, meals to plan, and housework to do. But there’s also the joy of watching grandchildren grow if you’re lucky enough to have them. You can put off until tomorrow, things that could have been done today. You can hop in your car and run away for the day, the weekend, or even longer. You can pop into the old workplace, that will reinforce why you retired in the first place, but take cookies so they’ll remember you.
Not only did all my hard work get me to this point, but this, my retirement, really is a nice benefit of aging. Please join me on my journey.