Today I am grateful for a better day. I left work immediately after school. I had finished my grades. I had entered my scores. I bid farewell to a dear friend who was retiring. I got advice from our wise custodian about a home improvement.
I even had enough energy to go to the grocery store. I rarely do much more than a quick shopping anymore. It is a task I used to enjoy. I had the energy and I knew I needed to do most aisles to get all my holiday shopping done. I actually was in the store for about an hour and a half. It was crowded and I was being careful to try to not have to make another trip.
I made it home but not before my spouse called to see if I was OK. I don’t make long shopping trips anymore so he was concerned. For the first time in my life I asked for help loading my car with all the groceries. I am grateful I asked for help because it was all I could do to put the items in the cart and then on the counter. I was grateful my husband brought them in the house and then put the refrigerated items away. The rest had to wait. I was proud of myself for pushing through and accomplishing such a big task after working all day.
It brings me to the thought again of what will it be like when I am retired. Will I “take to the bed” and veg all day long? Will I read and read and read until my eyes cross? Will I binge watch all my DVDs and be bored silly? Will I practice moderation in my new found unlimited time? Will I attempt new classes and topics of interest? Will I be secure in my belief that I made the right decision? Wow more questions than I expected. Today was a day to be grateful.
“Retirement is supposed to be the great escape from the stresses inherent in most jobs, a time to experience a fulfilling life derived from many enjoyable and rewarding activities.” Ernie J. Zelinski, The Joy of Not Working
“We work all our lives so we can retire – so we can do what we want with our time – and the way we define or spend our time defines who we are and what we value.”Bruce Linton, Fatherhood: The Journey from Man to Dad