Taking time to decompress

A week in, and I feel great.

I must say however, that I am surprised how much “de-toxing” I’m going through. I realized that there would be changes to my demeanour, energy level and overall feelings. But I have found myself having a wee nap in the afternoon which I have NEVER done in my life before. It’s all good though, and I am enjoying the feeling of liberation.

A friend of mine changed jobs a few years ago. He had been in a very stressful environment – not job stress as such, but co-worker-created stress. He finally quit. But it took him over 4 months to get the irritations etc out of his life. Maybe I’m on track.

The other thing I’ve found is that time is a non-event now. I never was one to clock-watch – in fact I have not owned a watch in over 20 years. It was just too troublesome to know the time and then work out how long until the next appointment etc.

I get to my new office when I get there. No-one is waiting for me, no-one is angry at me, no-one is going to tell me I’m late. I do go the office though – that is a critical aspect of my new life I believe. I still want a routine, and as I will never stop work (oops, that 4-letter word again), then an office was crucial.

The morning routine is considerably healthier now – another “new find”. I’ve always worked out at a local gym, but in the past few years, it has proven to be a chore rather than a pleasure. I’ve fixed that for me. Thirty minutes at the local gym (couldn’t work out at home, tried that, couldn’t do it) on a rowing machine, some stretching and some light weights. Then across the street from the gym is a really nice park – so I walk around that 2 or 3 times. Back home, get ready then tootle off on my Vespa after the rush hour traffic has gone by.

I’ve been leaving the office around 4 pm to come home. That’s a weird feeling I have to say, but I am quite certain that as my schedule builds up, the leaving time will slide backwards. I’ll enjoy it for the time being.

I’ve sent out details to some people regarding my retirement, including office and contact details (new website). I’ve said I’ll do some consulting. Maybe they’ll call me, maybe they won’t. Maybe I care, maybe I don’t.

I’ll also start going out to meet people this next week, to see if I can perhaps help some folks on a volunteer basis. I’ll let you know how that works out.

So again this week I say……….this retirement gig might just work … !!!
I’ll see you next Friday.

Migrating from Employment to Enjoyment.

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