Retirement – Month 2

Reading in the living room.  Notice the great view out the back windows!
Reading in the living room. Notice the great view out the back windows!

Although this is Month 2 of my retirement, it is only the second week of retirement for Tom.  I had the month of July which was mostly sedentary with plenty of time for reflection and writing.  Now that Tom has retired, things have changed because Tom hates to sit still unless his brain is going a million miles an hour.  He has research projects that he is going to do, but right now he wants to “relax” which means that I am moving a lot of the time.

Last week was our first week “on the move” and we really moved!  We worked hard at John’s house and were gone from 9 every morning until 10 every night.  Yesterday we moved again, and last night, for the first time since Tom retired, we were back in the RV at 6 p.m. with nowhere to go and nothing to do.  I was pretty excited about having an evening to read and do a few things in the RV.  Tom – not so much.

So retirement requires adjustment and compromise – just like all the other phases of marriage.  No surprise there.  We hope to spend a few hours every day writing or doing research, a few hours every day doing something active, which should leave plenty of time for anything else we want to do.  We will see how it goes in reality.

One of the interesting things I have noticed after six weeks of retirement, is that I play very few computer games.  I used to spend some time every day playing solitaire or Candy Crush or something similar.  But I wasn’t really playing – I was procrastinating.  I was putting off the work I was really supposed to be doing because I couldn’t get motivated to do it.  Now I only do the things I choose to do, so I don’t have to waste time procrastinating.  I am eager to get up in the mornings because each day is something that I want to do instead of something I have to do.

Today – time to write and read.  A bike ride, weather permitting.  All day with my sweetie.  An evening with a friend.  Sounds like it is going to be a very good day!