Month 7 of retirement. The first 4 months of retirement involved mostly traveling for me, so the reality of retirement really didn’t hit me until after I came back from Taiwan. There were some adjustments in the beginning, but I’ve finally fallen into a nice routine after I started running again. There’s no such thing as boredom as there’s always something to do around the house. Just the other day I repainted the deck railing after my run, and tomorrow I plan to repaint the foyer walls. The stress level has gone from 100 to zero, and there’s never any rush to do anything. I do things on my own time when I feel like it. Nowadays, the only stressors come from anything that requires an appointment (e.g., meeting someone to sell my car) – yes, my tolerance for stress has also decreased precipitously.
Like Chad in Toronto said, “one of the keys to happiness is owning your own time”, and I couldn’t have said it better.