Time in retirement

Time just whizzes by.  For a curious guy like me, my days and nights are filled up.  There’s so much to do, so much to pursue, take care of, learn about, see, listen to, monitor, manage and update.  Much of the day I’m on my own and I like it. The responsibilities of the day be it spiritual, health, political, financial, or household-related, are all fun to do whether on my own, or with others.

And if I can’t check them all off my to do list for the day, I can take care of them the next day. I like that freedom.

It’s a whole lot different to be living in retirement where everyday is the weekend, but even more relaxed, less stressful, and more fun.  Especially in the summer months.  And I don’t have to waste my time driving an hour to Boston and back home.  (Ask me again when there’s a foot of snow on the ground and the forecast is grey, overcast and windy.)

If I were to write a memoir it’s title would have something to do with “making up for lost time”.  I’m living it now and I like it!

While much of my professional career I was able to work in my field of choice, I wasn’t always able to develop practices to solve a marketimg problem that I felt were really going to work. (That’s the way a copywriter is.). I had many bosses in the enterprise and ultimately had to do what they thought made sense.  Even if I knew the world didn’t need another newsletter, and Jane the VP thought it would be grand, I had to create a newsletter.  This caused me angst and made me unhappy; sometimes I’d let my boss know or I would ventilate and he/she would hear about it.  Always being a little self-righteous (hmm, I wonder whom I learned that from), I learned to live with it.

Central to my days today is exercise and/or sports, as I want to be independent and mobile as long as possible.  I structure some time at the gym (Planet Fitness is a four minute drive from home.  How can you beat it? It’s only $10/month.)  And then there’s spiritual development. I meditate in the morning and read spiritual literature on a daily basis.  Together these two activities help clear the air, help me process the days and set me up for a day that matters with my mission in mind.

I used to wake up and immediately peruse the headlines from The Washington Post and The New York Times, but now I look at them later in the day; I don’t want to read about that monster that made it into the WH and is a disgrace, racist, cheat, liar and traitor.  Don’t get me started.

Hmmm. I better go back to meditating, and build on my voter registration efforts as I joined the Franklin Democratic Town Committee. I want to preserve democracy by helping citizens to vote in the upcoming primaries and midterms.  It’s time.

 

Published by Richard Halpern

Retired (but busy) after a lengthy career in business marketing, communications and research. Worked at four start-ups and one turnaround. Now volunteer doing prospect research for a climate activity and social advocacy non profit, amongst other things.

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