“Do I look bored.?”, I said.
“No you don’t, but if I was retired I’d be climbing the walls by now”.
What is it with this “what to do” stuff….?
I am busier now than I have been in a long time, and I’m thrilled. Who said, ”How will you fill your days..?”.
The nice thing about this retirement gig is that I can work at my own pace, at my own hours, and at my own pleasure. I still do some consulting work, so I do need to conform to office routines somewhat, but because the days seem longer now, and I waken very early, then I have ample time to do what I want to do, and still be in bed by 6.30pm .. !!
The feeling of not being concerned about checking Facebook at 4 in the morning, reading the papers online, sending some e-mails (just to annoy friends in London for example, who haven’t arrived in their office by then) is a great pleasure. If I go back to bed and fall asleep again, so what ?
It was always a bad feeling, in the days of day job, to waken early, not get back to sleep, toss and turn, get uptight and so forth just because I had an important meeting at 9 am. The mind would work overtime at that time in the morning. “I better say this”; “I need to remind him to do that” ; “I hope that report is available” ; and so forth. Yikes.
Moving on ….
I love trains and I watch lots of videos of train journeys etc. All my life I wanted to get up very early and go to work on the trains. A Railway Guard perhaps. Or a Station Manager. I love the Indian Railways. The sheer numbers of people travelling every day on the Bombay/Mumbai Railway System is phenomenal. The dedication of those people who get up early and go to work in the middle of the night is wonderful. I salute them, and all other early-rising service providers.
That’s what I should have been – a train driver.
Oh well, too late now. I’ll just tell people, “Well actually I’m retired now, but I used to work on the railways”.
They’ll never know !!!
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