“I’m telling you” he said, “your days will be filled with stuff.”
So said a very good friend of mine about 5 years ago when he took early retirement.
He was right.
I’m now in my second full week of this retirement gig and my days are beginning to fill up rapidly. Mind you, a wee nap in the afternoon is included in the schedule so it can’t be all bad.
My fears had been that because I don’t play golf for example (apparently what most retired people crave to do – go figure!!), that I would be struggling to fill the day. My thinking had been that because I had been very busy in my day job and didn’t have much time to think about other stuff, that when the day job disappeared, then I’d be at loose ends.
I’ve just substituted day “employment” activities for others, with day “enjoyment” activities for me. I’m busier than ever. This Olderhood project is taking up large quantities of time and I’m LOVING it. I love to write (hope you like to read ;-))
This week in Bermuda is Cup Match week, so the entire island has come to a standstill yesterday (Thursday) and today (Friday) while one end of the island (Somerset) takes on the other end of the island (St. George;) at cricket. Yup, that’s right, two day public holidays to play cricket. Brilliant.
From Wikipedia :-
The whole of Bermuda grinds to a complete halt for two days every summer to turn its attention to a cricket game. The festive game began officially in July 1902 between the Somerset Cricket Club in the west end and the St. George’s Cricket Club in the east end. Venues of the game change yearly between both clubs. The popularity of the annual game was such that it caused continued absences from employment. As a direct result, the 2-day public holiday was first introduced in 1947 and has been in effect ever since. The two days (currently called Emancipation Day and Somers Day) feature a single Cricket match between teams from both ends of the island, a match has essentially been played for over a century.
Cup Match can loosely be compared to the Notting Hill Parades in London, or Carnival in Trinidad, but it has a very unique flavor all on its own. The cricket ground is rammed. It is hot, very hot, Food stalls and music all around the place. Friends meeting friends they haven’t seen since last Cup Match.
I’m fairly certain that business life will re-appear next week, but then oops…… I’m not employed any more. Hoo-woo. I don’t care.