I’m making progress on getting used to retirement. People told me that I would be busier than ever once I got the hang of it. They also said it would take at least a year for me to adjust, maybe even longer because I loved what I did. But they assured me that I would eventually welcome having more control over my time.
What I Like So Far:
*Not having to set the alarm every morning. And when I do set it, it’s not for 6:05 a.m. (Also going out on weeknights is easier.)
*Non-weekend grocery shopping. I see lots of retirees, mothers with strollers AND no long checkout lines.
*Doing only what I want to do (or at least stopping what I don’t want to do as soon as I know it).
*Learning stuff I didn’t know I wanted to learn, even some things about myself.
What I Don’t Like So Much:
*Retirement doesn’t make life stress-free.
*I haven’t been able to shed my “Type A” personality. A day sitting around with a good book doesn’t work for me.
* Not seeing the fruits of my labor as I did at work. (Peter might disagree since part of my labor is making him happy.)
Retirement is a journey.