November 3: Retirement Routine
First, I am grateful to have the opportunity to retire early – while I still have health and time to enjoy it. I have many varied interests and goals, and I am blessed to have the resources to pursue them.
Some may view retirement as the opportunity to live without deadlines or responsibilities. They look forward disconnecting the alarm and discarding the agenda. They relish the idea of going with the flow and being surprised by each day’s adventure.
I am not one of those people.
I find joy in routine. I like the repetition of daily tasks. A calendar is a visual reminder that 24 hours is more than enough to accomplish my goals. A schedule helps ensure that I live a balanced life – one that allows time for physical, mental, relational, and spiritual needs. Viewing this color-coded agenda brings a smile to my face and peace to my life.
I am grateful to be surrounded by spontaneous people, however, for without them, I run the risk of becoming robotic. But as you can see, my retirement routine provides plenty of time for “planned” spontaneity. I have several blocks of free-time that I can fill with my own artistic endeavors (writing or paper crafting or reading or photography) … or I can take advantage of an unexpected invitation to coffee, lunch, or dinner and a movie.
Some may find this daily routine stifling, but I find it liberating. I am learning to accept this about myself and embrace our differences.