One of the great joys of retirement is getting away from the daily grind: that routine. At first, it’s the most obvious benefit. I get to choose when I want to do things and no one will impose their routine on me anymore. It’s so freeing! It’s not unlike being on holiday and knowing that… Continue reading Routines: good riddance or good idea?
Speed Of Life
“Efficiency isn’t always the goal. Do you want to live your life in half the time it takes the average person?” – a comic titled The Type A, Rhymes With Orange 2/24/2010. 13 years ago I cut out this comic when I was so super-busy with work and family that retirement was a far off… Continue reading Speed Of Life
Goals Make Me Happy
When I was working, my goals were aligned with what I wanted to achieve for my students and in my teaching practice. They gave my days purpose and direction. As a retired person, I find that I need to set goals to give me a sense of purpose. Now, my goals are purely personal and… Continue reading Goals Make Me Happy
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The Empty Tank
“I no longer have enough in the tank…”
Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand announced
Who Are You?
Suddenly I’m not me anymore and it’s jarring. All my adult life I’ve been a teacher. It’s who I was. But what is a retired teacher? That’s an identity that I’m not sure I want to assume. An Opportunity Retirement is a chance to become something new; to grow, and to put all my energy… Continue reading Who Are You?
Retired Friends Are Golden
The Struggle With Time
It really doesn’t matter what day it is
How are you enjoying retirement?
How are you enjoying retirement? It’s a frequently asked question from my still-working colleagues and friends as they greet me. That is a loaded question. They mean well, I know. They probably really wish that they were retired. Working full-time is exhausting. I just smile and mumble something like, “It’s good.” But, really? Really, it’s… Continue reading How are you enjoying retirement?