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