What Have I Learned?
- I’m not prepared to pay $18 for a cauliflower ( price due to recent floods)
- After having spent my entire working life conversing with people I love the quiet. Even chat on the radio and in television advertisements is white noise.
- It is liberating not having to wear makeup every day, though I found myself not brushing my hair till noon recently which is a concern. Ditto ones frillies.
- I’m still waking up around 4am, but I have a cup/pot of tea and then go back down.
- The lack of regimentation is life changing. I’m enjoying trying different recipes and eating them when the tummy tells me I’m hungry – not when rostered to do so. And sometimes I don’t eat and that’s ok.
- I’m a better friend as I have more patience. Possibly a better parent as I’m far too busy living my life to worry about theirs. Better Significant Other? Oh well, two out of three ain’t bad…..
- I’ve actually read less books and watched fewer movies because there are other things to do. Fun things too.
- I’m more social than ever because I can now go gallivanting on a school night.
- The house is no cleaner. Don’t look up at the cornices and you won’t spot the spider webs. Ssssshhhh. No-one is going to put “ She Kept A Clean House” on my headstone.
- There are still a list of projects to complete. Probably more now as I’m not blinded about what needs to be done. Add to shopping list: paint for laundry.
The one issue that I do have is that even after three months not working I still need to achieve. I mentally ask myself each night “Well, what did I achieve today”? I’m aware I don’t have too so it is a little worrying that the motivation to do so remains.
Last time I retired at 52 with a redundancy package after our good Premier decided to prune Government spending I lazed around for three months before deciding I’d had enough and jumped right back into the workforce. A change of Government and almost double the spend from the public purse I am totally satisfied with my decision to walk away. Life is short. There are places to go, people to see, books to read, and theatres to visit.
Lovin’ it, though am missing fresh cauliflower au gratin.