I will retire in two weeks. I've been working a paid job since I was 16. That, of course, does not count the babysitting jobs since I was 11 and the paper route when I was 14.
I'm a worker among workers. I take my career very seriously and have enjoyed the benefits of doing what I love for decades. I am programmed to keep a schedule, even on weekends. I write lists for lists and enjoy the process of checking things off when completed. If I complete a task not on my list, I will add it to the list just so I can cross it off.
I am retiring to begin the third trimester of my life with no definite plans, no schedules, no expectations, and no required duties. Of course, having a healthy marriage, being a mom and grandma, keeping friendships, caring for a home, caring for my aging father-in-law and being a responsible citizen will have requirements and expectations, but I will be "the boss".
This weekend I intentionally did not bring home school work. I am forcing myself to "just be". I have things that I will get done such as housework, shopping, exercise, animals and yard work, and cooking, but I am not allowing myself to write lists or keep a schedule. Just "being" is hard work!
I think the paradigm shift from schedules and obligations to free choices and relaxation will be my biggest challenge. My husband and I are already psychologically preparing for the changes. In our 42 years, we have experienced many such changes and adjustments. We now know to expect a period of adjustment.
So................here's to learning to be a "human BEing" and not a "human DOing". There is great value in being a person of action and solutions rather than a victim with excuses. But there is also value in knowing when to slow down enough to enjoy the beauty of the world as it unfolds.
Peace my Spark friends. Thank you, again, for listening to my thoughts.
Now here's an adorable reason to "BE".