First Day of Retirement
2018 is going to be a big year of change for me. What does one do on their first day of retirement? I was terribly worried about my first day when my husband, friends and family all went back to work but in the end there was no need. I have a usual morning routine for weekends, so I simply adopted that idea and went with it. Coffee, breakfast, check my emails, facebook, and then after an hour I can get on with my daily tasks.
Last year I did a lot of thinking about being retired, worrying about being retired and planning my days. I even went and bought a big Daily Journal so I could plan my days. And after planning every hour for the next two weeks it took my first day to realize that you just can’t plan down to the hour. My first daunting task of decluttering, reorganizing and cleaning the kitchen took me all day…it was supposed to take four hours. And I was exhausted. So the next day I decided to relax a little. I didn’t get to my original plans, but so be it, I have all the time in the world. My house will eventually get decluttered, reorganized and cleaned from top to bottom; it just doesn’t need to be done this week or even this month.
One thing I am enjoying is planning and cooking meals. I love to cook and now I can whenever I want to. When my husband and I both worked dinner was always a conundrum. When we drove together we wouldn’t get home until 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. and both of us would be too hungry or too tired to cook a proper meal so we would eat left-overs from the week-end, eat out or grab fast food. Not always the best choices and not good on the pocket book either. So now I get to experiment in the kitchen a little more. Nothing too fancy during the week but proper healthy meals. And I get to try all those recipes I find on pinterest. I’ll leave the fancy stuff for the weekends when I have my sous-chef with me.
The first day was a big learning curve for me. Now, I’ve survived my first week of retirement and all’s well. And I’m sure things will change a little as I get more used to this new found freedom. I have many projects to conquer and many plans to fulfill but for now it is one foot in front of the other. Stay tuned.
Are you newly retired? Drop me a note and let me in on how you adjusted to this Third Act in your life.