30 days of retirement

I’ve been retired for 30 days now and I feel great. I have wanted to retire for years but I wasn’t ready every time that an early out was offered, so I suffered on, and on and on. I can’t say that I hated my job but I was tired of working. I was more than ready to stop clocking in and out for five, sometimes six days per week, ten to twelve hours per day.   The work I was doing was rote. Unless the machine broke, which wasn’t often, I was doing the same thing every day.

Although it’s been only 30 days, I have stopped thinking in terms of retired period. I work hard at building my brand so I’m only retired from my previous job and I’m now a fulltime entrepreneur. I can however take breaks when I want, naps when I want, and days off when I want. It’s only been 30 days and I have discovered there are a whole lot of wonderful things about being retired from my previous job.

My first week of retirement from my job was a blur. It felt surreal. I felt as though I wasn’t doing enough and I would hear a knock on the door and someone would tell me “retirement cancelled”.

I felt better after the first week. I started getting used to my new normal.

I no longer need to use an alarm clock. I love waking up and going to bed whenever I like.

I get dressed everyday but if I wanted to I could work at home in my pajamas. I have a lot less laundry to do, I don’t have the deadlines of getting it done before a certain time before leaving for work.

I cook our meals a lot more so I save a lot of money on food.

If I get sleepy around noon, I can take a nap.

I can avoid crowds at grocery and department stores by shopping when everyone else is at work.

For the same reason, I can avoid traffic jams.

I can go to the movies during the day and avoid those crowds.

I can take my time with everything because time is on my side.

If the book is that good, I can stay up all night reading.

My house near spotless.

There is plenty of time to exercise therefore I workout everyday now.

I enjoy spending time with my son and daughter every day not just on the weekends. We have gone to the mountains, a NFL football game, had leisurely meals at restaurants and taken long walks to enjoy the changing of the season. We recently volunteered with the park service to help with a festival. We are going to visit with my mother next week and for the first time I don’t have to rush back to work.

I have several self-improvement and business classes that I have signed up to take soon and I’m looking forward to learning new things.

I’m embracing this thing called retirement, so far it’s everything I hoped it would be. I’m looking forward to this new season in my life. I’m excited what the future holds for me.


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