Greetings folks. I’m the retired old guy.
I’ve actually retired twice in this life time. I was at my first and primary job some 43 years. I stayed off work for about six months then started a second job which I stayed with for another nine years. For 52 years of my life I got up, at least 5 days a week and sometimes 6 or 7 days, to go to my job to support my family. I’m here now an old man, way past my being able to do all the things I’ve dreamed of doing, but the fact is I’m still living and breathing and trying to live my life to the fullest that my body will let me.
Life has changed for me now, some of it is good and some of it isn’t so good. I promised myself when I started staying home that I’d start helping around the house more, you know make life a little easier for my sweetheart and I have tried to do that. I’ve taken over, pretty much, the breakfast duties. I get our breakfast most every morning. The main thing is getting her that first morning cup of Earl Grey tea. That tea is as important to her as my coffee is to me. The tea just gets her day started off right. Breakfast used to vary, but since we’ve started our diet it’s been mostly eggs and bacon with some kind of fruit. It’s a good start to the day. Funny, when I worked full time, I hardly ever ate breakfast but things change when you retire. Oh, how things change!
My wife is also retired. With me helping her out around the house, she has time for her projects that she occupies herself with. But that’s a story for a different day. Her projects keep her busy and happy and keep my days empty, at least empty of the type of activities I’ve been used to. Well, I had to try to figure out just what I was going to do with my time. You know you think before you retire that you’ve got it all figured out. You’ll have plenty of time to do all those things you’ve wanted to do while you were slaving to support your family, but take it from me it doesn’t work out that way. There seems to be more things that can get in the way of your day… like that evening nap or that doctor’s appointment or that trip to see the grandkids, etc. Time just keeps getting away from you – every day.
Then of course there was the pandemic. If it hadn’t been for the pandemic, I’d probably still be trying to work every day. But there was the pandemic. That changed everything that I had imaged about retirement. For over a year we didn’t leave the house, more or less. I bought food by way of hands-free pick up through computer orders. We went to the bank and got medicine by way of the drive-through window. We canceled doctor appointments, except for those deemed extremely necessary. No, the pandemic wasn’t part of my retirement plans. Retirement changes so many things and likewise things can also change retirement. Now, as things are turning around as far as the pandemic is concerned, my retirement must also take on a new perspective. So, what’s next?
That’s yet to be figured out.
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