I'm just a little low on sleep today!!
Yesterday evening, I had a relaxing dinner and watched some Olympics. As is my habit lately, by about ten thirty I was headed for bed-not to sleep, but to bed. I took my writing pad, my colored pencils, and my kindle and piled the pillows up. My intention was to sketch out my next quilt, and then drift off to sleep. I did exactly that-only then I picked up the kindle beside me. I had just recently gotten a free book. In this case, the book was the first book in the Dana Stabenow Kate Shugak mystery series. As I mentioned, I am looking for new mystery authors (non historical or romance), and I wondered if this would fit the bill. So I "opened" the book, planning to read a few chapters and drift off to sleep.
The next thing I knew, I had finished the book, and the time was well past 2 in the morning.
That, my friends, is one of the many examples of the best part of retirement (or even semi retirement). At least from my perspective. I don't stay up every night reading. There are nights when I do so though, and do so without guilt. Most days (at least in the warm weather) I arise between six and seven, and hit the pool for an hour. If I wake up feeling tired, or even lazy, I simply stay in bed. Without guilt.
This is not to say that things don't have to get done, even in retirement. At some point, there are plenty of wants and needs that ought to betaken care of. The difference is that in retirement, I (or we, for in terms of couples), get to decide the when, where, even the if. On a day to day basis, the absolutes for that particular day are pretty flexible. When we do have absolute commitments, they tend to be of our own choosing, and generally still within our control.
In the long run, I certainly have things I need to do. I also have stuff in my life that I WANT to do. I need to sew quilts and make greeting cards to sell. I need to do certain things around the house. I have an few out of the volunteer commitments (I consider most of these things both needs and wants). I WANT to plan for travel, visit with friends, swim in the pool, and do so many other things.
What I don't want is to have to do most of them at a specific time, on a specific day. This means that over the long term, I have a very loose plan. On any day, however, I may throw the plan out. I get to do that, because I am the one in charge. No longer do I (we) necessarily have to plan around kid's schedules or work commitments (although I still have to be home at night to feed the dogs). If we do something, it's because we choose to. If not, the same is true-for the most part.
I did get up and hit the pool today, even after staying up half the night. The lure of being able to be outside for awhile before the temperature hit triple digits lured me. On the other hand, I had planned to make the top for a large Halloween quilt (this one for me) and list some more books and I have put that off for another day. Sewing through my finger again would not be a fun experience. Instead, a nap and a thrift store trip are in my future today-and most likely a much earlier bedtime.
Tomorrow, I'll probably return to my sewing machine. I'll think about that trade days trip, plan to go to a local craft fair, and perhaps take some pictures of the joyful kissers at my local Chick Fil La.
Or perhaps I'll awake with an entirely different plan-who knows?