‘D’ is for ‘Decide. Then DO It’
In her recent Guest Post, Lynn (from Encore Voyage), reminds us that many ‘soon to be retirees’ fear having nothing to do once they quit working full time.
I am here to say that the water is fine on the other side of the retirement bridge. There is MUCH to see and do…but retirement is also what you make it. Although sleeping in late can be wonderful, and just hanging out with no particular plans can be great for the soul….too much of a good thing can turn sour very quickly. In retirement, it is easy to get into the trap of putting things off for later.
Decide. Then DO It. With an endless array of options, there is much to choose from.
I’ve previously mentioned that one of my goals for taking part in this “A to Z Challenge” is to show an example of what a typical month for a retiree might look like. Here’s what my calendar says that I did (or attended) last month:
8 published blog posts (4 Guest Posts and 4 Regular Posts)
8 5-K walks with my walking groups
6 days in Singapore (+3 more days in Singapore in February)
4 volunteer dog walking sessions at the SPCA
3 Nights of family sleeping over (grandchildren rock)
3 Euchre Sessions at The Legion
2 days in Vancouver (+ 1.5 days in April)
2 Newcomers’ Meetings (1 general meeting, 1 Board Meeting)
1 Doctor’s Visit
1 Dinner and Movie with Book Club
1 Music Concert (Colin James)
1 St. Patrick’s Day Party (Thanks, Pat & Kevin)
1 Yoga Workshop (but zero yoga classes….I seriously need to change that this month)
1 WordPress Meet Up (So cool….I will definitely write more about this)
0 Trips to the Gym. Due to our travel, I had canceled my March Gym Membership. Please see photo below….I made it back there today!
I also did several things not recorded on my calendar. I read 3 books (Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, A Wrinkle in Time and Empress of the Night). I worked on the website/social media for our Newcomers’ Club and spent quality time in coffee shops with Richard/friends. I grocery shopped, ate, slept, did self-care….you get the idea.
Most of the activities that I listed above are drop-in. That allows me the perfect balance to have both structure to my weeks, and flexibility.
The cool thing about retirement is that no two days need to look the same, nor do the weeks or months. Tonight I am off with a friend to a local “Ladies Auction.” Here, a group of women get together monthly and auction off gently used items to each other. This event allows participants the chance to declutter (but perhaps reclutter) and keep the money that their auction items bring in. Participants are also encouraged to contribute to a large basket that is then raffled off. All proceeds from this raffle go to Forward House, a local non-profit organization that supports adults with mental health challenges.
I look forward to discovering what adventures April will bring. I hope that you will continue to join me. Please stay tuned!