Monday, August 01, 2011

Really??? That long already?

                 This post has been inspired by a post from a retired friend.
                 I've been retired one full year today.  Yeeeyyyy, another anniversary to celebrate... NOT!!!
Unlike my friend I was only half, or let's say, a quarter prepared to retire when I did. Four years earlier I set out a plan, just like my friend.  But 2 years later my plan turned lopsided because of  an unforeseen event in the family.  The main column of my balcony collapsed unannounced.  I had to find a replacement.  I lost my footing, concentration, my resolve. I got very, very nervous. I was lost!
                But what is meant to be meant to be.  One week before  my first day of retirement, I formed in my mind the things that I would be doing, tackling, finishing, building. Today, those are still in my mind!
Hurrying, organizing, pleasing .... these are  NOT in my list of favorite words anymore, after all,
                to quote from an e-mail I received this morning:

As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.
and besides, I have all the time at my disposal,. 



Unknown said...

Retirement...the most coveted time. We all look forward to it. Just like you said, and your friend prepare, prepare, prepare. But when retirement comes...things happen.

Live life today! That is my mantra.

Over and over…LIFE is what it is. And we are dealt with things that seem to be insurmountable. But in the end we make do – with a lot of support and prayers, (YES, PRAYERS), from family and friends.

Congratulations on your retirement's first anniversary.

:) Myrna

Mimi Lenox said...

Amen to that!

Princess said...

Thanks, Myr and Mimi!