Sorry I missed last week. I was under the weather. RangerSir and I hunkered down at home and worked our way through the nasty crude making its way throughout southwest Montana. It was while we were laying low that we were reminded that retirement is in many ways just like life was before retirement.
One of the things that I think people about retirement is that this is some imaginary transformation that takes place in life. You wake up and your life is different in so many amazing ways. That somehow you are a different person in a different life. You are the same person you were the day before you retired. Actually, it is like your pre-retirement life than you’d imagine. Life doesn’t change much when you retire.
In retirement you still have to grocery shop, do laundry, pay the bills, walk the dog, cook dinner, and other tasks that keep your household running. Yes, you suddenly have time to meet friends for a game of racquetball at 10 in the morning three times a week, rather just one night after work. If you did not like to exercise before retirement, you will not likely change your mind just because you are no longer required to show up at work. You might have time to try a class in yoga or tai-chi. You will find time to try new things and discover some you like and some you don’t. If you were not a reader before retirement, you won’t likely become one after. There are exceptions to everything, but I don’t think your likes and dislikes change too much. The choices you have for your free time open up. The excuses you have recited for years suddenly are not bound by lack of time so things can change. You can add some new things to your life, but many of the old things still will need your attention.
Retirement is full of opportunities if you allow yourself to explore them, but your old life and all that goes with it will still need your attention. Enjoy the new, and continue to embrace your old life, because it is what got you to this destination.