And other ruminations on my first two weeks of retirement.
Time has flown by, just as predicted by others who have walked this path before me. I have been busier than ever, it seems. I have completed some chores that I had put off, or at least, not yet finished, like 2014 taxes. I have done some reading, but not enough…is there ever enough time for reading? Funny, but I must not yet be in full retirement mentality because reading still seems to me a luxury.
I have done some route planning for our Texas trip, which begins in 12 days (squeeeee!). I have continued to research RV options, motorcycle towing options, and toyhauler options. I have concluded that there are approximately 8,798,545 options out there. How do we possibly choose the right one? But that is a discussion for another day and blog post after we test run option 1 in May.
All that, essentially, is the documentation of busy work. As I write this, I recognize the desire, no, the NEED, to continue to measure myself by what I have accomplished. Add to this emotional soup the Project Manager mentality, and you have an overachiever who does not (yet) know how to retire and just be. But, I am learning. 😉
Most importantly, during this past two weeks, I have taken the time to cultivate and feel GRATITUDE. I have done this through yoga, and meditation, and simply making the decision to experience joy in the everyday sights and sounds.
I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to retire now and enjoy time with my husband, doing what we want to do when we want to do it. We have never had that, as most normal working couples don’t.
There is no secret sauce that allowed us to make this major life change. It comes down to one basic financial principle: save more than you spend. I was indoctrinated into a saving mindset as a child. I have always been a saver, so we upped the ante as incomes rose over the years, pouring the maximum possible into 401Ks or IRAs. We didn’t deny ourselves fun and have most years taken a two-week vacation, plus some long weekends as well. But saving always came first. We now have a great financial adviser, who helped us put some things in perspective, and reallocate funds to make retiring possible. We paid off our house, which was our bellwether for retirement. Now we can come and go as we please, always with a home base to come back to when we are ready. Life is good. That may be the understatement of the year. As I write this, my husband has two days of work left. Yippee!
I got out on my motorcycle twice in the last week. It. Was. Awesome.
Talk about grateful. I am retired, I live in one of the best riding areas anywhere, it is Spring, uh um, was Spring? We have had temps in the 70s and all of a sudden, we may have a freeze this weekend???? Anyway, I enjoyed the kind of ride where you flow, and all is right with the world. I took a couple of pictures and then chased down a friend who passed by me at a mountain overlook. We had a chance to catch up from the seats of our motorcycles. Does it get any better than that? I think not. I have an Attitude of Gratitude.
PS: My trusty 2008 R1200GS reached another milestone yesterday. I thought it appropriate to capture a photo since I reached the same milestone this year. 🙂