Tuesday, April 27, 2021

How Did I Ever Do That And Work?

We keep a calendar on the refrigerator and fill in the blank spaces as necessary with obligations. For awhile, it was pretty empty, but then it all hit at once! Much of it is the mundane, everyday activities that all of us go through--haircut, HVAC checkup, etc. But in the past few days, we have had something down every day, and often two or three things per day. In addition to that, of course, there are the phone calls and messages that require us to rearrange everything and tend to them, because--after all--"we''re retired."

Of course, we're glad to do these things. But the question that comes to mind is, "How did we ever find time to do all this and still work?" And, "what do people do when they don't have someone to ask for help." Oh, well. I'm glad we're available. Of course, my writing has taken a downward trend because of all these other things, but so far as I'm concerned, writing comes second to doing other things, anyway. 

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by things? And how do you handle all that--especially if you're not "retired"? 


Patricia Bradley said...

I once had a full-time job and after I switched to writing, I still have a full-time job. lol But for a brief time between the two, I was retired and like you, did not understand how I managed to work and do everything else.

Priscilla Bettis said...

I had to cut stuff out of my life. No driving to the gym or pool to exercise because it's quicker just to step out the door for a jog. I dropped out of an art club. I allow myself to DNF a book if it's bad. I quit watching network TV. I clean house exactly half as often as I used to (I know, I know). I say no to social events unless I REALLY want to go. It sounds dull, but on the plus side, it's quieter around here.:-)

Richard Mabry said...

Thank you both for your comments. And, Priscilla, since you've already cut stuff out of your life, it should be a snap for you to retire. (If I knew how to put an emoticon after my comment I would--seriously, admiration for cutting out so much at this point).