It has been thirteen months since I retired. The question of whether I am getting soft as I grow older is debatable. But one thing is for sure, my retirement has taught me to be gentle. Both with myself and others.
With Self – I stop forcing myself. Especially with things I dislike such as commuting, waking up prematurely, or bending to others’ priorities. I remove many “negatives” from my daily life. Things that takes away my energy. As a result, I am more relaxed, patient, and aware with myself and . . .
With Others – I interact more at ease with people. By being gentle with self creates space for me to be open and more accepting with others. I don’t pass onto others the stress of forcing things just to conform to some schedule or priority. Interestingly, I notice more options to get things done and usually better (i.e. win-win vice win-lose).
The transition has fashioned a nice fit with my life. I feel more natural and achieve better results. Just imagine less bruises and scars then you get the picture. And I truly believe that everyone can be so without having to retire first.
What is your temperament? Have you noticed any unnatural fit in your daily life?