Retirement turned out to be nothing like this for me; the freshness had left my days. Sleeping in and those afternoon naps were no longer fun when they ceased to be forbidden pleasures. The friends I pictured coffeeing with were still working and not available. The travel I craved didn't fit with my retirement budget. My muse got discouraged and packed her bags taking my creativity with her.
I was one afternoon nap away from depression when, while visiting my daughter in British Columbia, I saw an ad in the local paper, "Ice Cream Shop for sale." My daughter had read the same ad and was ready for a career change. We made an offer and crossed our fingers.
Two days later I was half owner of an Ice Cream Soda Shop and no longer retired. Ennui had been replaced by terror, but the fun was back in my life. And that was just the beginning. We added to the ice cream shop and made it a candy store as well. Then we branched out and opened a Bath and Body Boutique in a local mall.
I never would have made these changes if I'd had time to stop and think about them. I would have dawdled around, making pro and con lists until the opportunity passed me by. It was the "make a decision now" aspect that pulled me in before I could get cold feet.
And the strange thing is, I seem to be able to make more time for my writing now when I'm working fifty or sixty hour weeks than I did when I was retired. Momentum is a wonderful thing; so is enthusiasm about your life.
I think we need to shake things up once in a while. Sometimes the good stuff has settled to the bottom and needs a good stir to get it going. I know mine did.
Have you ever made a quick decision to change your life? Did it turn out in a positive way?
I'm not too sure what's going to happen the next time I retire. Maybe it will "take" next time, but then again.....