Friday, July 29, 2011

Slow Is Better-Mostly

As I return from a vacation to family, I remained astounded at what is going on in our nations capital.  What on earth happened to politeness, compromise and the like.  I'm not talking about political agenda here. How are we supposed to expect our children and families to play well with others, to work towards a common goal when the leaders of our nation can't manage to do the same?

Even though my retirement was "forced by the economy" and my financial situation is not the greatest, I have to say that I love retirement. Although I might have chosen a different path to get here, and would much rather be one half of a couple, I've enjoyed most all aspects of my retirement.  For me at least, the greatest advantages of retirement are freedom, control, and a much slower lifestyle.

Even though I still have a college student home part time, a couple income streams and a pile of hobbies, life overall is much slower.  For me at least, this becomes most apparent in the mornings.  Rarely does my alarm get set. I jump in the shower when I feel like it.  Rather than drinking my morning caffeine while preparing for work or getting other family members out of the house, most of the year I sit on the patio, drinking slowly. Sometimes I read the paper, more often I simply relax and enjoy the breeze and trees.

In all honesty, this all didn't come about only because of retirement. The fact that my children are grown and no longer require transportation, a chaperon or a coach obviously has something to do with it.  And of course there are other factors.

But the truth is, even empty nesters have a certain amount of urgency about getting through their days in the so called working world.  There's a natural speed to get things done quickly, even if it's only so that we can be home and enjoy time and relaxation.

It occurs me that the last time I was rushed was because I had a Dr's appointment and I forgot about it. As a rule my life flows at a fairly slow, relaxed pace.  This in no way means that I spend my day sitting around on the couch with bon bons and a glass of wine (although it certainly doesn't sound like a bad idea).  It does mean that deadlines are rare, and the pace of living has slowed down. It also means that on those rare occasions when I do rush, its by choice, not by need. 

What about you-do you appreciate a slower lifestyle, or do you miss that day to day rush?


  1. Slow is better: no argument from me. I have a rather ambitious schedule each day but free time is plentiful, especially in the summer. Meetings and group activities go into hibernation until September. Then, open days are rare.

    I'll choose slower.

  2. Bob, I agree that I am much lazier overall in the summer. In the fall and winter however, I tend to try and end my day earlier and not go out so much in the evening. That turns into book, tv and cider time.

  3. I like the slow life better. The biggest difference for me is the reduced stress levels, as a teacher I was always reading this, doing that , thinking about something I could do to make my classes better/more interesting or meet the new requirements that always seemed to be coming about from the political leaders.

    It has given me time to instead learn skills that I want to learn and do stuff that I want to do, instead of always what others want or what the time clock demands. It is different when walking Bennie watching all those people going by at the time when I would have been going to "work" too.

    Retirement has been a good thing and being able to use time to our advantage has been satisfying.

    I too will choose slower.


  4. Slow is definitely better. What a joy never to have to rush in the morning and I can exercise as long as I want. No more running out the door to get to work.


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