I’m setting out on a personal quest to understand what it means to be retired. In the United States, we use the term so flexibly that an individual can be retired from one lengthy career and begin another. If that’s the definition we apply, I’ve retired several times already. But this is the big one for me. Retirement with a capital “R”. My intent is to work freelance only – and only if I need/want extra cash or when I find the work to be enjoyable. But what are the specifics? Still an intriguing mystery to me.
My intention is to develop this new phase of my life into a shape and form that I can decode and describe. Currently, my days are going by at the speed of light. Planning more events in my day than possible to complete has resulted in frustration – and a growing list of things on my daily calendar I need to complete.
My first hurdle is to be more realistic about what can possibly be accomplished in one day. Since I’ve been making daily lists that are packed with too many items for the last several decades, it’s no small barrier to overcome. Over the next few weeks, I’ll trim down my lists and spread out the things I want to complete over the week. And it might be a good idea to schedule in some time for fun.
I retired so I could have more time. Now it’s time to manage that extra time.