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Old 01-10-2020, 05:27 PM
 
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It has finally hit me that I don’t need to pack every single minute of my day with “important” things to get done. It is so freeing to be able to just do whatever I feel like each day—some days more busy than others, but each day filled with doing things I want to do!


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Do you mean that you DON’T have to cram each day full of things to do?
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Old 01-10-2020, 05:50 PM
 
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I keep a digital calendar of everything I want to do each day. Yes - some days are crammed with far more than I can ever get done. The beauty of retirement is that anything I dont have time for just gets moved to the next day! No stress and no worries. Eventually everything gets done.
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Old 01-10-2020, 06:21 PM
 
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I'll be honest, I love being lazy some days! And I love I have time to sew and knit and read!
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That's how it is Cat Woman! At some point you realize you've downshifted. Not to a slower speed, but to the speed you want and need.

I have many retired friends whose lives are still very busy with sewing groups, taking care of parents, grandchildren, book clubs and exercise that can't meet for coffee on a spur of the moment invitation.
We are still busy folk!
And life is good.


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Old 01-11-2020, 06:21 AM
 
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Yes, yes, yes! For me, this freedom of time, freedom to choose, is the biggest boon of retirement. I wholeheartedly appreciate being able to do what I want when I want. I try not to schedule too much in each day—something always seems to come up. And I haven’t been bored or wondered what to do with myself even once in 3.5 years. Retirement life truly is wonderful!
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Old 01-11-2020, 08:05 AM
 
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It has finally hit me that I don’t need to pack every single minute of my day with “important” things to get done.
Yep! No more cramming everything in like we had to do when we were working! One of the best- not having to run to the grocery store after work or other essential errand before heading home, cooking dinner, and taking care of home things.

My calendar is still full but with my fun activities and community service. Having a life free from all the responsibilities of teaching is sure wonderful!
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Old 01-11-2020, 11:02 AM
 
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I love retirement! I can do what I want when I want. I love not being in charge of things. I can say no that doesn’t work for me. Yesterday, I was lazy all day. Today, I am getting things done. I do keep busy doing things I want to do.
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Old 01-11-2020, 11:13 AM
 
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Today is a down day. Stayed in bed watching Criminal Minds on my Kindle. My son brought me a cup of coffee and so I got up and took a shower and got on here so I'd have something to go with my coffee. Zero plans today. Except change the sheets on the bed. I may not even get out of pajamas today.

I LOVE being retired!
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Old 01-11-2020, 05:16 PM
 
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One of the biggest advantages I have enjoyed is being able to be very PRESENT right here and now in my life. Remember when you had a plan book and were always about a week or a month or more ahead of yourself. Always rushing to fill up every second of teachable time, careening towards either the dang test or the end of the year or report card conferences or something ---- in the future. Now the pace is do-able, calmer, and focused on right here and now.

I do love retirement!


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Retirement Life
Old 01-12-2020, 04:42 AM
 
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I love being able to choose what to do with my time and not having to be at school every morning with a lot going on.

I like a mix of structure and free time. I attend classes at a lifelong learning center at a local college and go to the gym 4-5 times a week. It is great to determine my own schedule and only do activities that I enjoy. There are some days that are very low key with nothing planned, and that is wonderful too.

Retirement is the best.
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