Everyone likes a little bit of attention. Okay, some may crave for a lot. But that is not me. It has been four months since I retired from the Federal government. In my new life, I get questioned from time to time as what do I do with my time.
This is my 2 minutes of attention or fame, however you would call it.
At the time of my retirement, I posted my vision of what will happen. Not have been there before, it was my guess or hope what my new life would be. Did it happen the way I envisioned? Was I bored out of my scull and ready to go back to work? Here are answers to those questions.
Conventional wisdom has it that after 6 months of decompressing, traveling, golfing, sleeping, etc. folks would get bored of doing “nothing” and be raring to get back to work. My experience thus far has been different.
I believe there are two types of activities in life: energizers (ones that energize you and put a bounce in your footsteps) and stressors (opposite of energizers, ones that stress you out and drag your energy level down).
Thus far, I managed to eliminate lots of stressors from my life. Most of these stressors were collateral duties of holding down a job. Duties such as the daily grind of the commuter’s blue (alone with that, drowsy drivings), incessant interruptions (very disruptive to personal well-being or productivity), and, in general, mismatches of expectations.
On the energizer front, I have not only more control of my time but also how I spend them. I spend my time on important Q2 items. Items like spending more time with my mom which is important to me, and I have been meaning to do.
So my retirement is what I envisioned. I am taking care of life, and in return life is taking care of me. Would I ever go back to work as the way I knew it? Never.