Mother: Even though most of what I thought retirement would be hasn’t come to fruition, it’s still pretty good. As I, and others have said, “A bad day in retirement is still better than fighting 5 O’clock traffic”.
I don’t think folks think about how much down time there is going to be in retirement. And how bored or dependent a person can become when one has more to do than the other. Hubby will be relatively busy when the weather breaks and he can play golf or at least get out and hit balls, but in late fall and early winter he doesn’t have anything to keep himself busy. I on the other hand have my gym classes, this blog, Lularoe and the house and everything that the house entails. lol Plus I have a book club that meets once a month and two groups that lunch each month. Hubby goes to the gym 3 times a week and sometimes a lunch. I am grateful when one of his old co workers invites him to lunch. This puts him in a good mood plus gives me a couple of hours of alone time. This is not to say that he is in a bad mood a lot, but all of this down time can become very boring.
My point is for those thinking/talking about retirement, there is more to it than finances and travel. There is the day to day life that most of us just think is going to be bliss. We think no more schedules, no more bedtimes or waking times. We think about all of the time we will have to read, visit friends and family, time to do whatever our little heart desires. But I know hubby and I didn’t think about what it means to fill 24/7 week after week after week mostly together. Weekends start to not have the power that they did when you worked 5 days a week, in fact if you aren’t careful you won’t know what day of the week it even is, much less if the weekend is here. In some ways this is very liberating. You can grocery shop any day and time that you want. Hair and nail appointments can be booked for a time that works for you. There are positives but on the other hand you have to not become a slug.
Spring will be here soon I am sure, I say this because I had to get my flannels back out and it is 32 degrees today with snow flurries and we are heading into the second week of April, so that means not that long till the pool opens and hubby hits the golf course. So as hubby and I travel this new road called retirement, it is very much a learning experience. Yes, there are things we should have thought of before we started this journey, but it also shows, you are never too old to learn new things. And isn’t that what keeps life interesting??
Till next time.
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