You know when I was working I used to hear quite frequently, retired people say “I don’t know how I had time to work!” Well that is absolutely true. I can definitely attest to that. It has been 18 months now since I retired and I can honestly say I have not been bored or without something to do. I love being in charge of what I choose to do each day. I love deciding on a project and seeing it through to completion in a timely fashion. Not like taking months to get anything done at home when I was working. I so often would start something and never finish it. Since retiring we have started projects and finished them which is satisfying.
We have spent more time with family. We have as I said done projects around the house. We have traveled. We are planning more travel as we speak. Our next thing is that we are having all the floors in our house replaced. Yes I know, our home is brand new. We have had an issue with the laminate flooring in this house from day 1. It creaks so loudly it is crazy. The level of creakiness depends on the weather and humidity. We still do not know if it is a problem with the flooring itself as in a defective batch perhaps. Or it could be installation error. We don’t know. We knew that the builder would make it right and he is. It has just taken time to get solved. But they are coming on Monday morning to start. So that is a big job. Lots of moving furniture around and getting everything off of closet floors etc. Not looking forward to it. But you know me, glass is half full. Will use this as an opportunity to purge some more stuff.
We did a little reno project in our builders beige laundry room. It turned out so great that now I want to do the master bedroom. As soon as this flooring project is done I plan to start. Nothing big or expensive. Just a refresh. New curtains, bedding and some decor items. We will paint the dressers and bed side tables. I am hoping to bring that in for around $500.00. Anxious to get started on that one. I find that being retired and spending more time in my home is making me want to make my home feel more “me”. Not just functional but pretty and nice to be in. I am really enjoying this process. Part of that process is looking for ways to do it with vintage and thrift finds. I love the vintage vibe and it also helps me keep within a budget.
When I retired I thought I would take some “me” time for a bit and then eventually get involved in something. Well I have to say that I still haven’t gotten involved in anything. It has taken me longer to feel ready to do that. I am still so enjoying being retired and loving each day just doing whatever and not having obligations. I still am not ready to be committed to anything or anyone, (other than my family of course). I just can’t bring myself to commit. I think that perhaps part of this feeling stems from the kind of career I had. I spent 37 years talking to people all day long. Talk, talk, talk. Right now I just want to “be”. So that is what I am doing. I am enjoying being spontaneous, changing directions on the fly, going with the flow, however you want to describe it. I am sure at some point I will feel ready to get involved in a group or charity or something. There is no right or wrong way here. For me, having no commitments is what I want at the moment. For you perhaps being involved is what is right. I think you just have to dive into your new retired life and see what feels right. I don’t want to do something because it is expected or I think that I really should be doing it when I know deep down it is not what I want. This is the time of any time in a persons life to really listen to yourself and do what makes you happy. As baby boomers many of us have spent most of our lives doing what is expected or what we have to do and it is drudgery. No more drudgery here. I am doing what feels right. Right now that is family, enjoying my home, travelling, taking time for things that interest me like reading, walking, antique hunting, repurposing things. Or any other thing that comes along that makes me happy. It is our time now boomers! Do the things that make you happy! Enjoy!