Retired from the daily grind but not from life!


Retirement means many things to many people at different stages of their lives.

The idea of a senior citizen in their 60’s and 70’s rocking in their chair, dozing off in front of the TV, passing time monotonously whilst waiting to die is not so common these days i think.

For me there is just not enough hours in the day to do the things i want. I thought i would have lots of time to go on the PC join forums and meet people, watch a few more DVDs/films, take up painting, visit family and friends but it seems that’s not so. I actually cook and bake more for family and friends, go out for meals more, walk more and all at my leisure. I can take time to notice the birds singing , watch a family of ducks on the water. I can pause in my gardening for a cuppa, sit down not worrying that i have to get this job done on this particular day 🙂 I can plan trips and holidays according to price and not to when can i get time off. Booking last minute deals can save you lots of money therefore more holidays lol

My home is not so immaculate and i don’t care, i will clean when it needs to be cleaned not just as a daily habit. If something else more interesting comes along then i will go with the flow. Gone are the days i plump the cushion’s or clean the kitchen every time i use it.

The following poem is one that i would like to share and make you ponder.

Leisure

What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass, Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance, And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this is if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.

William Henry Davies
There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.
Preparation for old age should begin not later than one’s teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement. — Arthur E. Morgan
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6 Responses

  1. I like how you think! I have a few more years before I am where you in life. But I can’t wait! I few it as “life, part 2”! Enjoy it!

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    • Thank you Jo. We are older,wiser and have our priorities right . You get to enjoy the simple pleasures in life and doing what you want to do not what others want you to do 

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  2. Ahhh! Standing and staring – usually associated with CRAFT moments – otherwise, not enough hours

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  3. I retired in January and I’m loving it. Enjoy!!

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