Tuesday, October 27, 2015

If You Think You’re Busy—Retire!

My writer friend Judy Stock used to tell me, “If you think you’re busy now, retire.”

I never suspected how true those words could be! I’m going on my second year of retirement and I’ve been working hard to “un-busy” myself. So far, I haven’t succeeded. 

Each season, month, week, day, or sometimes the hour brings its own challenges. In the middle of a day, I’ll be interrupted by an urgent email, conference call, a meeting for one of my volunteer positions, a phone reminder, a grandchild’s sporting event, or tussle with an undeniable urge to watch a particular TV show.

I do like to take photos, but when it comes to organizing... Ive been working on it in my spare time. Oh, wait, spare time doesn't seem to happen often enough. Since I take photos, I wind up posting on Websites and Facebook. That involves more time. You can't post a photo without an explanation or story to go with it, can you?

I thought I would have more time to write, but the truth is I have less time. Writing projects have gone by the wayside. The novel in progress came to a screeching halt.

The one thing I never find time to do is relax. Isn’t that supposed to be a perk of retirement?

All I can say is, Judy was right. I was busy before I retired, but I managed to get things done during the working day. Now, I don’t have a fixed schedule and the days just fly by with a lot of work and with little accomplished.

Still, I love retirement. Maybe I have too much to do, but I’m never, ever bored!

copyright (c) October 2015 by L.S. Fisher