Now that we are in July, my planned cut back of work hours is underway. From now on, I’ll only be working one day each week. I’m in two minds about this still, but I know that it’s time. So it’s time for another phase, this time it’s the Next Phase in Life. When I’ve mentioned this plan to others, especially people younger than me, the most common question is “What are you going do do with yourself? Won’t you get bored?” At first, this question shocked me as I had never given boredom a thought. I know that even in retirement, there still won’t be enough hours in the day to do all that I want to do. I’ve never been a person to get bored and have always found more than enough to do to fill my days.
Each Monday I participate in Denyse’s link up for bloggers LifeThisWeek Denyse’s prompt for this week is Taking Stock. I’ve decided to use the prompts that Denyse provides, to take stock of my thought processes over the past week, as I head into this big life change.
Admiring: Photos of my garden when I was on covid leave and had seemingly endless hours to do what needed to be done. Since being back at work, it’s become a bit of a jungle. Just knowing the time is here now, when I will have the necessary hours out in the garden, makes me smile. First job to tackle is the weeds.
Becoming: A retiree – or really, I should say a semi retiree, but looking forward to continuing to work. I’m very grateful that I work in an industry that enables me to work the hours of my choice.
Curious: Curious about what I’ve been missing while being so immersed in work, and open to anything coming my way, that looks interesting to me.
Delighted: That I made it this far. There have been times in my life where I’ve wondered if it was possible that I would make it to this age.
Excited: To have the time to get serious about cycling again.
Feeling: A bit sad, as I mostly enjoyed my job.
Going: Not going anywhere at the moment, in these days of covid outbreaks. But hope, sometime soon, to be able to visit my son and grandchildren on the Sunshine Coast.
Helping: I intend to continue with my volunteer role on two committees – The City of Bendigo Positive Ageing Council and community group, Axedale Our Town Our Future
Imploring: Everyone to please have your covid vaccinations so we can hopefully all get to a covid normal soon.
Joking: Hopefully lots of laughs and joking along the way. Life’s too short to be too serious.
Keeping: I expect to have lots of time to keep up with my dogs. Lately, it has almost broken my heart to leave them to go to work. Oscar loves me to be home for the fun it brings with walks and ball throws etc. Molly is almost 19 and loves me to be home so she can stay inside by the fire, on the cold, wintry days we’ve been having.
Loving: Just knowing that I will have more time now for all things genealogy gives me a feeling of joy.
Making: Looking forward to having more time to try out new healthier recipes.
Next: So, what’s next? What’s next for me, is doing what I want to do when I want to do it.
Observing: The hustle and bustle of others, and knowing that I can jump off that spinning ‘mouse wheel’.
Pleasing: Very pleased that I will have more time to devote to my blogs. So often, my posts are done in a rushed manner ,and when publishing I’m aware that I’d love to have more time to do it better
Reading: I’m really looking forward to being able to devote more time to reading, which I love, but have always had to squeeze it in between all that needs to be done.
Staying: Being fit in retirement has been important to me and something I’ve worked at for a long while. I’ve had a few slip ups along the way, but now that the time is here, I know that I will do whatever
needs to be done to stay fit.
Trying: I find winter very trying, so will probably spend more hours than usual indoors in the early days at home.
Understanding: That not everyone agrees with me about working less hours. But it’s time to do what I feel I need to do.
Viewing: I have been participating in genealogy conferences since the pandemic started. I’m looking forward to continuing this without the worry about lack of time.
Welcoming: Anything new and unexpected into my life – being open to new experiences.
X: You Choose! More time to catch up with friends.
Yes: I am sure this is the right decision for me, at this time in my life.
Z: You Choose! In the coming months, I’m planning to make the most of every day and feel very grateful to have this opportunity.
I do plan to revisit this post and compare my thoughts today, with the way I’m feeling about semi-retirement at the end of the year. It will be an interesting exercise. I’m hopeful that I’m still have positive feelings about the future.
Are you enjoying life in retirement or semi retirement? If you haven’t as yet arrived at that time in your life, is it something you think about and are making plans for?
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