#3. Planning should be kept to a minimum. You had many years behind you, planning most of the time. Give room for spontaneity. By this time, you would likely have set ways. That’s “mechanical” enough. The instilled discipline somehow creates a “system”. Spontaneity does not equate to uncertainty. It simply allows us to do things we like WHEN we want it, WHERE we want it. Time is a luxury we can now enjoy. So….. ENJOY. You may even enjoy a little bit of that sense of irresponsibility.
Remember how we behaved like a zombie when we were still working 9-5? (Errr, more like 8-8 in my case.) Wake up, pop a pill, take a bath, sip coffee, maybe a bite or two, dash out, drive to work. When we got home, we panic when we’re still awake beyond midnight ….. Knowing there’s another long day tomorrow. Oh, the late movies on TV which we missed!
Not so anymore. I’d even take that 2nd cup of coffee after dinner to prep myself for a late TV show I long wanted to watch. Who cares if I sleep at 3 in the wee hours of the morn? Who cares if I wake up just a snatch before noon? When I retired, I remember waking up several times that first morning and going back to sleep just as many times. How liberating! Felt almost irresponsible lying on bed a good part of that morning. Beside me on bed was the book I didn’t put down the night before and read till the very last page.
Even without meaning to, you’d likely observe a “new” routine as a retiree. Like there are things you wouldn’t want to miss during the day. Like reading your book, saying your prayers, watching your favorite TV shows, dropping in on your favorite coffee shop. The lovely part of it all is the thought that you can spend more or less time in any one of these activities, at your pleasure. There is no rush. No obligation. You just do, stay and enjoy as much as you want. Life is a gift. So, why not celebrate it?
Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.
— Pooh’s Little Instruction Book, by A.A. Milne