Friday, April 21, 2017

The Morning Boost: Retirement... It's a Chess Game

"A hero's not somebody who's unafraid, it's the guy who's scared to death and does what's right anyway."~unknown

The Big "R" for Retirement. Just recently my significant other of over 30 years, decided to retire and I on the other hand have at least 15 more years of work to do.

Even the decision to make the change took over 3+ years to take the plunge! He loved his job. There are not many people who can say that "their career gave them that amount of purpose".

Four months after leaving the profession, the honeymoon is starting to wear off. For a while, it felt like a week off or vacation, but it appears there might be a big hole that work carved out.  As we talk through this together, he jokes, “I lost my purpose.” And I can tell, he’s starting to get bored, he'll say Time sure does go fast," even though his days are full. Some things stay the same, like routine; but, others are in flux. 

Retirement is a goal, lifestyle, process and mindset, here's what's shifting:

MEALS: I am served gourmet and homemade meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. He has always been the “cook” in our home.  

YARD: Our yard has looked even more vibrant than ever. The lively plants only enhances our yard. 

FISHING: We have more fresh fish in our freezer. I am sure he’s out on the lake at least 3 times a week for long weeks, either solo or with a buddy.

HEALTH: Always a gym goer, he continues to go to the gym. I'm happy about that, it keeps his heart pumping and muscles strong.

MORNING MUFFIN: I have had more fresh muffins and my favorite hazelnut coffee, because he likes to visit the local shop that has fresh bakery and coffee. He knows he will run into a buddy or two and catch up. He has a lot of local friends and I like to see him staying connected.

LESS STUFF: Our journey to downsize for the summer months started two years ago. Clearing out rooms, searching for the right place, and planning to build a smaller home in the door county area. The many unknowns continue to stifle us. We carry on.

What still remains uncertain is the direction to go. The plan was to take trips; like, enjoy scuba diving, hiking in the mountains, or painting on rooftops in Italy. 

That was the initial plan. But health issues got in the way. Health is a major consideration in all choices we make. 

The plan was to get a place warm for the winter months. But this too, is another "tweak" in plans. Lucky to have the choice, but the real-estate market in the southern states is different. Even the international islands considered, are not the best for medical emergencies. This is something we have to consider at our age.

We move forward, take two-steps then one-step-back, making big strides, then get stuck in another area. We focus on goals, even though they shift slightly. Our lifestyle is constantly changing. 

The walk continues. Knowing it’s a process. Right now the goal is to keep our mindset in check daily.

1 comment:

Spandex King said...

If you don't have your health nothing else matters. Right? Hope things get better. Good luck with the training. The long days are just starting. I'm also signed up for 2017. Love your posts, :-)