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2 year anniversary

August 1st, 2010 at 01:06 pm

I retired 2 years ago today. It is still wonderful. I sleep at least 8 hours a day. I don't have aching shoulders at the end of a day working on a computer. I don't have a constant headache - most of the time. I still get weather and allergy related headaches, but not as many stress ones. I've lost some weight. I'm eating better. I haven't done anything special, I've just lived the way I want to live and enjoyed it.

I've never lived in the past. I don't have a lot of memories of the way things were. I figure the past is over and done with. You can't do anything to change what happened so it's not very relevant to me. My sister lives in the past. Hoarding all the hurts from over the years. I think that's not a very healthy way to live.

Before I retired I always lived in the future. When I was small it was "I can't wait till school ends, or starts, or it's christmas, or I can drive, or I can move out of the house etc"

When I started working it was "I can't wait till the weekend, or my vacation, or my next raise". Once I made my goal to retire early much of my thinking was "I can't wait till I retire".

Now that I'm retired I finally live in the present. I don't really think about the future that much and if I do it's usually just a couple of days or maybe a week ahead. I enjoy this. It seems to be calmer and more satisfying. The future can finally take care of itself and I will enjoy each day on it's own merits. The day doesn't have to be special in any way. It's special just because I can do what I want as I want.

I finished reading my book Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole. Paranormal - excellent.

9 Responses to “2 year anniversary”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    That is great that you are living in the present. I try to do that as best I can, too! I'm glad retirement agrees with you.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Loved this entry. Succinct and very wise. I had to show it to my partner too, telling her there were a few hurts I wish I could just gather up and sell at a yard sale. Maybe thinking of it as decluttering will help in the process of letting them go!

  3. Ladya70 Says:

    I will be retiring from the military in 2012 and I can't stop thinking and wishing it was here already.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Congratulations on your second year anniversary of your retirement. My hubby's second anniversary is coming up in September. I know retirement has agreed with him -- he's calmer and enjoys things so much more instead of having to rush and get stuff done because he had to work.

  5. Jerry Says:

    I agree with much of the sentiment in this post, especially regarding how holding on to past pains leads to present anguish. However, I don't agree that work must always be drudgery, so that people must only look forward to retirement to be able to live in the present. Yes, many people stay in jobs that they loathe for income and insurance (and precious little else), but there are others who love their work and are inspired by it. One of my heroes is a guy I met in college who was still practicing medicine part-time (effectively, no less) into his late 80s!
    Jerry

  6. ceejay74 Says:

    Great point, Jerry. I'm not actually sure I want to retire; of course I'm 36, so a lot could change over the next 10-20 years, but my dad is almost 80 and he still works nearly full-time (and not because he needs to financially). And my mom is 76 and still babysits. So I might come from a family of people who enjoy working enough that retirement just isn't a priority.

    That said, I like reading about people enjoying their retirement. Probably BECAUSE it weirds me out, the idea of retirement, so I like to hear positive things about it! Smile

  7. Broken Arrow Says:

    Oooh that sounds wonderful. Smile Glad it's still working out for you! So very fascinating too that retirement has help you live in the here and now.

  8. retire@50 Says:

    Jerry - I liked working for many of the years I worked. The last 2 got very bad with new management, layoffs, overseas 'help'. I'm much happier now. But if people enjoy working I'm all for that too. Hate to see someone who has to work in their 70's or 80's even if they do enjoy it most of the time.

  9. Thrifty Ray Says:

    It is hard to believe its been TWO YEARS!!! What a great anniversary to celebrate. Congrats!

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