My previous post listed ten questions I would like to ask retirees.
I decided answering those same questions myself would give me a better context for chats with other retirees. So here goes:
Question 1: Tell me about a good day of retirement. Be as specific as you like.
A good day of retirement would include:
- doing something new, no matter how inconsequential it might be to others. It might be trying out a new food item at the store or a new restaurant.
- baking three-cheese-chive scones or devil’s food-chocolate chip muffins. [I usually lean toward baking something decadent, at least mildly decadent.]
- a visit to weekday Mass, where I would get the requisite [for me] fist bump from a buddy as I return from Communion.
- writing at least 500 words. I would like to see those words entail a blog post to my inventwithwords.com blog or this retirerenew.com blog. I would like at least 200 of those words directed toward one of my fiction projects.
- at least 30 minutes of exerbiking while reading/first drafting.
- an evening walk with my wife at either a nature area in town or in the neighborhood.
- time with our soon-to-be-adopted dog. [Not even sure who that is.]
- a relaxing morning coffee and breakfast with my wife and an ebook, with Keb Mo music in the background.
- a glance at the morning newspaper, one that homes in on good news and my favorite comic strips.
- sunshine and plenty of time in the backyard to enjoy it.
- at least 30 minutes of reading, both fiction and non-fiction.
- a check-in on the phone with either a sibling, my friend in Chico, CA, or my friend in San Diego.
- doing errands around town and visiting the library with my wife and dog.
- watching an episode of Modern Family in the afternoon, as I sip on a strong cup of Italian Roast and nibble on the muffins or scones I baked just 30 minutes before.
I have to say, this was fun. And I know I left out tons of other fun details I could have included.