NOTES ON RETIREMENT #2: K.I.S.S.πŸ‘„

This site is open to suggestions coming from fellow-retirees. So much life lessons here and there, waiting to be shared.

#2. Life after retirement should be simpler, uncomplicated. You owe it to yourself to strive for less, to enjoy more. This requires a deliberate effort and a sense of detachment. Less. Means. More.

20120922-192704.jpg

;

Very recently, I left on a nearly 3 month-trip where everything I needed was packed into a trolley bag which I hand carried. I gave up my baggage allowance (and a suitcase) in favor of my niece who left for a 6-year job assignment. The experience smacked of “liberation” from all those daily decisions on what to wear. Outside of my techie gadgets (iPad, iPone, camera, chargers), I had just enough space for my meds, flats, a pair of rubber shoes and clothing good for 3-4 days. What wouldn’t fit, I wore! I did my laundry everyday. And I wore whatever was hanging dry from the clothesline. Life was so simple!

;

;

All stuff I brought with me was either nowhere pricey or something I’ve used for the longest time. While I’m not a shopper, I considered shopping. And the rule was I dump something that used to claim space in my bag to make room for the stuff I’d buy. Fair enough.

;

;

These days, I glam pack ONLY if I’m joining an organized tour where all hotel, meal and sightseeing arrangements have been pre-booked. I’m with a tour group simply to enjoy. Otherwise, I’d bring only what’s necessary if I’m doing an independent travel. Besides, isn’t it quite a chore having to decide what to wear at the start of each day? It’s NOT like we lose all sense of fashion. Still traveling “in style”, but with less wardrobe. You’d be amazed how one can improvise just to look “different” when camwhoring. πŸ™‚

;

Same with life. LESS. MEANS. MORE. Whatever you have in excess is probably meant to be SHARED. Simplicity takes away all the clutter in our lives. The complications. Simple routines, but packed with pleasant surprises. If you keep it simple, you leave room for such simple joys.

I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work. So I do it three or four times a day.
— Gene Perret

Advertisements

About lifeisacelebration

Retired early, but still active. Very involved in celebrating life! I love traveling because I always come back with less cobwebs in my mind. It is as if I empty my mind of all clutter upon departure, and fill it with many happy memories upon arrival. I also like the idea that life is so focused on the present, and my senses are all playing to listen, feel , see, smell and taste everything novel or not so new. The fact that I only have to choose from a limited wardrobe, or use the same pair of shoes throughout my holiday , or work and survive on a single budget make life so much simpler. Sure, you sometimes get a raw deal in a few trips, or feel hassled by flight delays and cancellations, but the joys and simplicity of the present far outweigh the negatives. Oh, btw, I always end up gaining more friends after each trip. Many I kept......
This entry was posted in Musings and Ramblings and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s