I’m sure this realization is nothing new, but since I’m fairly new to the retirement game, it’s new to me.
With this light bulb moment in mind, I’ve decided that each weekend can be a mini-retirement.
I’ll still be answerable to loved ones and will aim to be productive, but if I’m hit with a wave of ‘ehhhh, that can wait’, I’ll concede quite willingly.
And, if faced with an opportunity for a new adventure, I’ll follow my ‘Awww, you’re only retired once.’ mantra over the annoying ‘But you’re working again!’ voices.**
**lots of voices, I know. A little disturbing, isn’t it?
Note: I retired for twelve months and learned plenty. I’ll be posting my impressions and lessons–I’ll call them ‘stepping stones‘–as a friend, not an advisor, and certainly not as an expert. Quite the opposite, in fact.
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.
Some of today’s words—I’m doing my James/Claudia Altucher daily ‘idea machine’ list on crusades— life changing, I might add— I’d like to see launched.
Over the last year, I would say I’ve followed through on this daily habit about 330 out of 365 opportunities.**
Even if it’s the only thing I accomplish within that 24 hours, these ten clicks [I follow the ‘Greater Good’ menu at the top of the page.] have helped someone and given me a gentle wake-up call to the needs of others, including animals.
**For me, 90% constitutes a habit.
Where can I find inspiration in my daily retired life?
Here is a little help:
I just ran across this Seven Ways to Cultivate Inspiration item in my inbox.
My favorites, at this point:
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.
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.