Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Retirement

I had occasion to have dinner a few days ago with a person who is retired, and, as it always does, the question came up of how we ever managed to do everything on our plate while holding down a full-time job. The answer, of course, is that we, little by little, add time for the things we've always wanted to do but never had the time for. 

For example, just for the past few weeks, my wife and I have enjoyed our "retired" status enough to take a couple of hours out of our day to watch recorded episodes of a program we watched only sporadically earlier in our life. Matter of fact, we sort of resent things that come up to make us change our routine. After all, "we're retired."

As a writer, and before that, as a physician, I lived my life by other people's schedules--whether meeting a deadline of a publisher or answering an after-hours call. It was a happy day indeed when I no longer had to live my life according to the dictates of a beeper or a deadline set by someone else. But, little by little, my "have-tos" have been replaced by "if I decide to." And it's wonderful.

Eventually, you'll "retire" from whatever keeps you captive to someone else's schedule. How have you begun to replace those "have-tos" in your own life? I'd like to know.

3 comments:

Patricia Bradley said...

Not there yet, Richard...although it's looking more and more enticing. I have learned to say no to people if I don't want to do what they're asking...and also when I'm too busy.
Enjoy your day!

Priscilla Bettis said...

I've become more aware of time passing, so I try not to spend it on things that aren't worthwhile, either to others or myself.

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia and Priscilla, Sounds like you're already getting prepared.