Happy Friday, Voyagers! It’s been a week full of learning for me. A little challenging, a little frustrating, a lot of fun! One of the critical components of a successful retirement voyage is that you not stagnate. That you always have something that will challenge you, drive you, motivate you to get out of your recliner chair. My hope for you this weekend is that you will rekindle some interest – find some curiosity within. So how about it – what new things will you learn next?
In a comment this week, Janis at Retirementally Challenged asked me if we have a plan for the day when we will say, “No more.” It started quite a conversation between hubs and me. We realized that we may never stop altogether. We love the things we’re doing, and we’re designing our lives on the Encore Voyage to fulfill one of our core values of personal growth. So how about it…What are you passionate about? What’s your calling?
Have a great weekend!
My best friend and I are both retired teachers. We have talked on the phone, pretty much every night, for the past 30+ years. We live in towns that are roughly 15 miles apart, and we have been talking on the phone since the days when it was long distance for us to call each other.
These days the favorite thing about retirement, for both of us, is that we can pick up the phone and call each other at ten o’clock in the morning. We will often call just to chat about something stupid that just happened, or to share what’s going on. And our new favorite phrase is,
“I thought I’d call…Why???…Because I can!!!”
It is our favorite thing! We no longer need to wait until the end of the workday to share our stories. And it got me thinking about the many, many things that we now are able to do…
Because We Can
Read a book until 3:00 AM. Or in the middle of the afternoon.
Take a nap in the middle of the day, or whenever we feel the need.
Work on craft projects – for me it’s quilting – whenever the urge hits.
Eat popcorn for dinner or pizza for breakfast!
Run errands in the middle of the day. Mow the lawn on a Tuesday. Shop for groceries ANY day but the weekend!
Take a trip, near or far, and leave on a Tuesday, with very little notice and not too much advance planning!
Enjoy the many, many venues that exist in our city, but which we have never previously taken advantage of: the art museum, the history museum, the botanical garden, the local parks, our many craft breweries…you get the idea.
Oh yeah, and have cocktails or a glass of wine – at 4:00 in the afternoon!
Putter our way through household chores – We no longer need to get everything done on the weekend. A little laundry here, a little dusting there…good enough!
Take a walk in the middle of the day, or go to our 24-hour gym at 9:00 at night!
Go out for brunch any day of the week.
Meet up with friends, pretty much whenever it’s convenient!
So how about it. What are those things that you love doing now in retirement, just “because you can?” I’d love to hear how others are enjoying their voyage!
Photo credit: Charlz Gutierrez de Pineres ~ Unsplash
A couple of days ago, I read a very endearing blog post written by Lauren over at The Stuff of Life Blog. It seems that Lauren found herself traveling with her son to Miami for spring break!
First off, she gets some seeerioouuusss cool mom points, especially since she footed the bill. And secondly, she got me thinking about why I was glad not to be my former, younger, wild thing self of (eh-hem…) just a few short years ago.
These days, the Encore Voyage definitely does not include spring break antics. Here are a few reasons:
1. We don’t need to escape – Our daily life is pretty damn sweet! Back in the day, we would count the days until we could ditch college and get some relief somewhere…anywhere! Now, there’s just not that much to run from.
2. Sleeping in is no longer our priority – God knows I never thought anyone would hear me say this…I have become a lark. This from a perpetual night owl! I worked my way through college as a bartender – staying up half the night was part of the routine. Spring break was when we dreamed of sleeping until noon. But now – wait for it – I love the sunrise! I believe this is because we are no longer exhausted as we were during our working careers. Weird, I know, but true!
3. We don’t need to use spring break to catch up (on studies or other chores) – Remember when you would use spring break to start reading that 50,000 pages that you had put off reading? Or would count on having the time finally to start that term paper? For us, those things that need to be done have either already been done, or they’ll keep until tomorrow…or next week.
4. The party of a few hundred thousand can go on without us – Spring break evokes pictures of beaches full of wall to wall young sweaty bodies. Not my idea of a good time anymore. Does it say something about us that on our recent cruise, there were few people younger than about 25? And that we planned it that way? I don’t think we’re old fuddy-duddies, but we sure as heck plan our springtime travels for the times when the little revelers will be safely back in their academic constraints!
5. We know our limits – Ahhhh, that dancin’, loud music, beach filled, booze fest attended by thousands of our new best friends. Back then we could hardly wait. Older – wiser – I can’t remember the last time I puked on my shoes! Perhaps it’s because we can now afford better cocktails and good wines? Or maybe we just grew up enough to know that needing to shave your tongue or hold your eyelids open with toothpicks is not a great feeling…
6. THEY come to US – I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I was in college, I couldn’t wait to go HOME for spring break. Most years I was out the door and headed for good old mom and dad’s! Laundry in tow and expecting a paid for, home cooked meal was about the best thing ever. We don’t have kids, but my friends tell me that one of the perks of retirement is getting to spend time with children and grandchildren on their spring breaks – On your own terms!
7. No more bikinis! – Lauren truthfully points out that it is difficult to walk around all day with your stomach tucked in, but that if she had to, she could – She just doesn’t need to anymore!!! I couldn’t have said it better myself!
So how about it, fellow voyagers? Got any other reasons why retired spring break is better for you? I’d love to hear!