What Retirement is REALLY Like
Before retirement, it seems like everyone worries about having enough money--after you retire for awhile, you realize there was little more you could do about it and it didn't deserve all the attention and worry. Sure, I'm adapting to a stricter budget like I should but I don't have an overriding concern about money. Most of my regular bills involve costs of storing my things (which I am constantly trying to reduce), keeping my electronic devices happy, eating, and health care costs.
Actually, we haven't emptied the piggy bank yet--simply
because we can't find it.
I have to add that my spending habits are the biggest change I am facing in retirement.
Weekends & Holidays
I remember when I was working I used to really look forward to sailing on weekends and holidays--they were my getaway from the daily grind. Now, whatever I have planned for those days is just more crowded and I prefer not to deal with crowded situations. So, now weekends and holidays are for purely relaxing which is like they were originally intended.
So far, I have not experienced any effects of ill health. Sure, I take meds for my high cholesterol and high blood sugar but I don't feel like I'm dogged with joint pain or anything like that. I have a better tan than I have ever had during my work life, even if only providing the appearance of good health.
When I used to work, I never really felt fully rested, maybe it was from worry about my business all those years. Now, my sleep patterns follow the sun. I go to sleep shortly after the sun goes down and wake up when it rises and I feel fully rested. (Daylight savings time is really meaningless during retirement.)
I have the time to do more reading now. Of course, I'm reading books on my Kindle app on my iPad. They cost a lot less (than hard copy books), don't take up any physical storage space, and they are easy to dispose of when finished reading.
Getting Older & Looking Funny
This was the hardest thing for me to adapt to. As my hair got mostly gray I shaved my head. This made me feel younger but it made me into more of a funny looking old man. I never imagined myself completely bald, even if it was by choice. I've retained my (gray) goatee, which I may shave off later this year. Very few people think I'm as old as I really am--69. I'm more capable than most people 15 to 20 years younger than me.
Oh yeah, dress shirt and tie...ain't EVER going to happen!
I'm looking forward to our upcoming cruise. I just purchased a Go Pro camera to use on our trip--what a neat gadget! If you are nearing retirement, embrace the idea rather than worry about it!