On September 1, 2015 I stopped working. I had been at the same job (medical office manager) for over 32 years. My very wise mother-in-law, Ms Mary, said “Remember, retirement is not an activity.” She was concerned that I would be challenged by living a life that did not involve at least 8 hours, 5 days a week of work routine.
Much of this first year of retirement has been taken up with travel and sightseeing. However, because we choose to travel slowly and stay in one place for long periods I have found lots of time to ponder Ms Mary’s wisdom. Retirement is this great opportunity to find out what really matters to you, what you truly enjoy and for trying new things.
I discovered, after years of being an “early bird” how much I enjoy lazy mornings, coffee in bed and not leaving home until noon! I’ve reconnected with an old love, jewelry making, and found a new passion Pokémon Go!
Kathy has always loved computer gaming. Retirement allows lots of time for her to enjoy new and old games. We both love to read and delight in plenty of time for this passion.
We have lots of time for relaxing, television watching, etc but retirement has taught us the importance of getting outside every day, of moving our bodies and appreciating nature.
Another blessing of retired life is the time it affords for my spiritual practice. More time for silence, chanting, prayer, inspirational reading and for meditation. I have found a great website Insight Timer. It has greatly improved my meditation practice. Every time I finish a meditation session, it tells me how many other people on the site are meditating. This morning I meditated with 2203 people all over the world! There is a sharing and friends option, so I now have meditating friends on 5 continents.
So, in closing, I just want to say how very grateful I am for this retired life. I am very aware that it is a profound privilege that many people never get to enjoy. I am dedicating this post to the memory of another wise and wonderful mother-in-law, Etta Matt. She passed away at age 53, getting ready for her work day at the Motorola Factory.
How about you? If retired, what do you enjoy or are challenged by? If still working, what are your retirement plans? As always we welcome your comments, questions and suggestions.