Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Time to Chill

I haven't quite got the hang of this retirement thing.
                                                                                                         Walter Cronkite


It's been three years since my entry into the world of retirement.

My first day post-retirement I was at the YMCA for my morning swim. The day before my colleagues sent me off with a festive farewell gathering. After my swim, a friend invited me to breakfast. My reply, “I can't go, I need to write thank you notes to my co-workers.” His appropriate response, “You have all day to do that.” Thus began the challenge of my having 'all day' to do that – whatever that was.

My time was immediately filled upon leaving the world of gainful employment. Improv and acting became my new 'surprise' passions. Becoming a volunteer tutor with children allowed me to continue working with children. Then piano and voice came along. And now blogging. All this keeping me busy in a way that brings much pleasure and appropriate challenges – and also requiring me to maintain a schedule to get these self-inflicted responsibilities done.

What I've not allowed myself post retirement, are weekdays where after a leisurely breakfast I lounge on the couch with a good book and cup of tea. When feeling tired, allow myself the delight of a weekday afternoon nap. Ingrained in my genes is the Monday thru Friday, 9-to-5, work routine.

So three years post retirement, I am finally awakening to the realization that during weekday daytime hours I have the luxury to stop mid-day what I am doing – take a nap, read a book, have a cup of tea and simply chill...

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