This is a right time for everything.
For some it may be getting started or stepping it up.
And for others, a time to slow down.
Whatever place you are, make the wise decision that is right for you.
Since starting a new chapter of life, it is exciting since I retired 2.5 months ago! Life is good ... Love the reward of luxury and having time for things that interest me..... no clocks ticking loudly telling me to hurry up and rush out the door. ....(btw: I collected wrist watches while working ... and now giving away .... I refuse to wear them now)
But then came the unexpected change. My husband first noticed and commented. He asked why I was still in the "A drive, pushing and making demands on myself as if I did not realize I no longer had to rush through my day trying to accomplish so much. He added, "you still have not retired or slowed down as you are putting in a hard day's work yet while your mind is racing in high gear, your body is not." He noticed how tired I seemed, and asked, "Why don't you relax and stop feeling like you have to accomplish so much?"
I had to get honest with myself. My energy level at this time is suffering. I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue which feels like major burn out! Now I have to temper that drive, pace myself, and respect my body that has carried me many miles over my lifetime.
And I admit to some feelings of sadness and disappointment at first.
I have found for me "more is not better" after all. After working very physically demanding coupled with my own task master personality, I admit to burning the candle at both ends, for many years and I can't honestly say whether this is temporary or permanent but I do know my body had enough pushing and unreasonable demands .
Ever seen those parents walking briskly while dragging their toddler in hand and poor child's arm is being jerked on ......Is the expectation reasonable?
Would you take an elderly person for an outdoor walk, and expect them to keep up and walk for an hour because YOU can? ....... Or would you be sensitive and adjust to their pace......
Or take your pet dog who is older in years and expect them to run hard as they did as a pup?
Just some common sense ideas .... Life changes and so does our body and our needs.
I realize my mind needs to get in check and synchronize with my body.
And slow down, take rests ... and find quiet time.
I am finding some balance .... and not putting expectations on myself that I was able to comfortably do ten or twenty years ago. One Coach blog I read brought assurance in suggesting ... why not shorter bursts of activity .... so instead of a grueling time at the gym .... which left me exhausted the next day .... I take that idea ..... Now shorter times of exercise .... and I listen to my body and stop ...More for me is not best. . Nice I can still find time for activity .... but in smaller increments, I pay attention to my meals and portion sizes.
If you are a younger person reading this, make hay while the sun shines and do all you can with your health and fitness now. There is an old adage that says, "It is never too late to start" ... Could be true for some ... But why wait until later ... Go for it now while you have the energy. That is not something one can take for granted.
Isn't it funny how we start out slow in life with those baby steps .... but slow down in those latter years. Seems the in between years go fast and furious cramming in all the things we can into one day ... I accept change and treat myself to enjoying the beauty in each day. That's something I did not always do while living the rush work force. I am content now in this new chapter .... stopping and pausing long enough to smell the roses.
Don’t wait for Tomorrow or for the Right time.
Find the moment Now while it is Today ....
And you will make it Right.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.