— “It [journal writing] is like signing a contract with our lives to create direction and take action.”
[If this thought resonates with you, I suggest picking up a copy ofWrite It Down, Make It Happen by Henriette Klauser.]
— “…reading plants a seed, writing helps it grow, and creating brings forth harvest…”
— “Write down a list of things you enjoy doing. Use your journal. See what you do already and what you have always wanted to do. Start doing one of those things. Try it out, see what fits.”
Any book suggestions? Journal writing tips? Methods you use to explore your interests? Let us know in the comments box.
Just a few days ago, I was told that I no longer met the unlisted qualifications for the 32 hour-a-week job which was now being reduced to 20 hours a week. Let’s see…12 fewer hours…to somehow do the same work my colleagues and I needed 32 hours to complete…which would require additional unlisted skills.
I’ll probably need my first couple of months just to figure that one out.
But it means that I’ll soon return to full retirement…
rather than the ‘retirement weekends’ I was taking.
And so I plan to redouble my efforts to reach folks who are/will be retired and who want to explore their own inclinations to write, paint, build, photograph, sculpt, design, wander, and find novelty in their daily lives.
This will include repeated reminders to ‘try new’. It is so easy to fall into routines that rob us of seeing opportunities to shake things up. Let’s face it–we’re at the stage where we should take nothing for granted, so if you have a chance to even try a spicy ketchup, a new walking route, or a different entree at Applebee’s [I’m making our lives sound pretty darned exciting, aren’t I?], then you should.
I was probably a little more forgiving to myself during that first year of retirement, but extra discretionary time often leads to more introspection, or an equivalent of what this Huffington Post piece refers to as ‘sensemaking’.
This article highlights research by the University of Cincinnati’s Heather Vough and colleagues who identified a list of the six most common career-ending narratives, including the three most challenging to a retiree’s self-worth:
Having an epiphany
I experienced a mix of these three and so my first year, while at times leisurely, was more marked by a juggling act of highs and lows and doubts and revelations.
My challenge, and I would guess that of plenty of other retirees, was to write a new script.
More on that in a later post.
Take the time to read the HuffPost piece. I’m betting there will be a realization or two out there if you identify your retirement narrative according to the article’s list.
Creative Retirees**–Again borrowing a technique from Austin ‘Steal Like An Artist‘ Kleon [who borrowed it from others who borrowed it from others], here is a blackout poem with a few suggestions for making your days more interesting [book recommendation to follow in my next post] and creatively productive.
** I have gotto find a better synonym for ‘retirees’.