Watching the Corn Grow

| 8/12/2016 10:16:00 AM

Country MoonI have heard people say that, once they retired, they don’t know how they ever had time to work for being so busy. I have been retired for a little over four months now, and I can honestly say that statement is wholeheartedly true.

Naturally, part of the reason for this is that we all have projects that have been put on the back burner year after year simply because of the time factor. Let’s face it, working takes up a third (or more) of each day, sleeping captures another third and all the mundane chores of cooking, cleaning, mowing, shopping, etc. has to fit in the other third. Free time really is an illusion for the working person.

I have a beautiful red cedar Adirondack chair that I plan on using to catch up on some long overdue early-morning reading. Ron asked if I wanted the chair at my home. “Definitely not, I would never get to use it!” was my answer. Every time you sit down at home, there is always something that needs done. I would always be jumping up to do these things. I know me.

Yes, I have discovered that relaxing is a “learned” pleasure. I am working on it, but it is harder than you would think. I like to be busy … fact. Even though I complain just like anyone else when there are 10 more things to do than you have time for, I seem to be happiest when I am a busy beaver. Staying busy gives a person a purpose.

The major things are done. I have gone through all the “stuff,” had the garage sale, and have completely redone three rooms in the house. Whew … the big push is over. So, now what?

Slowly, I am learning that it is all about balance. I need enough work to make me feel purposeful, and yet I need to know when to say enough and do something just for the sheer pleasure of doing it. It is OK to sit down and do nothing. It is OK to take a nap. It is OK to watch a movie. It is OK to have down time. Yes, you guessed it, the person I am most trying to convince of this is me. Life is now a seesaw.