Mother: Adulting as a retiree is pretty darn good. I am finishing up my second year of retirement, and I have to say I like it. As someone who didn’t plan for this time in my life very well, it has turned out quite nicely. All of the credit for how well things are going go to God. For a person like me who planned for everything but retirement, I live a blessed life.
At this time in my life, I feel like I get all of the perks of being an adult but little of the angst. At 67 I feel like I am in the sweet spot of life. There is a lot of freedom that comes with being this age. Plus there are discounts that you didn’t qualify for when you were younger.
The first advantage I think of at this age is you get a paycheck every month that you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to earn. Now, as they say, is the time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. It is a set amount which is good and bad. Good in that you know what you have to budget with but bad in the fact that sometimes you would like to see more. There is no overtime pay at this time in life.
The second thing I think is great is your time is your own. You can do what you want when you want and how you want. I made the mistake of scheduling a doctors appointment at 9 am this last week. Will not be making that mistake again. A friend told me one of her favorite things about retirement was not having to schedule appointments for first thing in the morning.
My third positive for retirement is sleep. You can get as little or as much sleep as you want. In my case, this depends on my husband who has totally different sleep patterns than I do. But as time goes on we are working this all out. I love to sleep late in the mornings and need a solid eight hours; he does well on six.
Retirement makes traveling so much easier. There is no worry about “vacation time.” Every day is a vacation day. If we have a trip planned, we can leave whenever we want and come back when we want. We recently went to Nebraska for a football game and planned on going for six days. At the last minute, we decided to leave a day later and come home a day sooner.
Grocery shopping who would have ever thought this would be a perk of retiring? Shopping when you are still working can be a real pain. You are doing your shopping in the evenings or on the weekends when everyone else is shopping. In retirement, you can shop anytime, no fighting the evening/weekend crowd.
Going to the gym is less of a hassle. There are better parking places at the gym when you aren’t there with the folks still working. And the machines are freed up. Of course at our gym, since there are a lot of retirees sometimes you have to break up a conversation that is going on at the machines. But overall retirement does make exercising a better experience.
I am sure there are a ton more reasons that adulting as a retiree is so good but right now I have a lunch date with my husband. And this is another good thing about retirement lunch when you want for as long as you want because you don’t have to worry about a lunch hour.