My weekend of retirement…left to chance.

Here is my itinerary for the weekend…

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I shelled out an exorbitant 75 cents for this fun approach to weekend planning.

They’re called

Do Something Dice.

Roll for your next adventure.

According to this roll of the dice, over the next two days**, I should aim to:

  1. Go running.
  2. Visit a museum.
  3. Listen to live music.
  4. Order or make pizza.

Let’s see how I do. [I’m hoping that fast walking will satisfy the invisible ‘retirement judiciary”s expectation of running.]



**I actually count Friday afternoon as the beginning of each retirement weekend.

Retirement Pondering Point: “We’re in our fourth quarter.”

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I was talking to my longtime friend on the phone this morning and, as we reflected on the life and struggles of a 92-year-old acquaintance, he made the above sports reference.

Yikes…many of us are in our fourth quarter!

Time to re-think our work ethic…and focus on our play ethic.

Stepping Stone 7: TV time wasn’t an issue.

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As much free time as I had, I never camped out in front of the tube. [Though the strewn popcorn is oddly reminiscent of other recliner-sessions…]

In fact, I ended up deleting more unseen sports and cooking shows than those I actually watched.

This isn’t a pat on the back. It was just a pleasant surprise.


Just a reminder: These stepping stones summarize my experience. There may or may not be lessons here for you, but I am thinking some of my experiences may approximate some of what you experience during your retirement years.

Retirement Pondering Point #4

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Where can I find inspiration in my daily retired life?

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Here is a little help:

I just ran across this Seven Ways to Cultivate Inspiration item in my inbox.

My favorites, at this point:

#2: Journal

Given enough time to ruminate on paper or a screen, it never fails that some intriguing, interesting, or inciteful [and often, insightful] notion pops up.

#5: Surround yourself with the right people

In-person is better, but those ‘right people’ might well be online connections.

#6: Spend time in nature.

The change in environment usually pays off.
A sense of gratitude often sinks in.
And if you’re mindful enough, you may well see something you haven’t seen before.

 

Something you don’t have to fret over…

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Remember: Every day is a ‘snow day’.

Thanks to:   https://twitter.com/WallingfordSign  and my friend MC for steering me toward these folks.

And sticking with my ‘try new’, I’m now following these folks on Twitter. Remember: ‘new’ doesn’t have to mean life-changing.