I'm finding retirement is kind of like that too. All the things that I want to do that I used to have to squeeze into my life around my hectic work schedule I can now do at a much more leisurely pace. I can visit my girls, travel with my husband, go to the gym whenever I want, and read books without falling asleep.
Since retiring six months ago, I've relearned how to knit, I sewed again for the first time since high school. I've tried lots of new healthy cooking recipes and gone for long walks. This summer I started golfing again and I even tried paddle boarding. I made Christmas planters for the side entrance and made homemade bath bombs for stocking stuffers. My husband and I spent two weeks in Eastern Europe and I've gone to visit my girls in postsecondary school.
Professionally, I am working on my doctorate and I'm taking the Foundations Course in Self-Regulation from the MEHRIT centre. I've written an article that will be published this spring and submitted a book proposal. I also submitted three proposals to present at upcoming conferences. I'm much more active professionally on Twitter and I started this blog.
The other day I realized that I'm like those new teachers who want to coach every team and be on every committee. I'm in danger of overfilling my plate at the retirement buffet. I need to stop for a moment, take a deep breath, and make sure that I have the time, energy and appetite to tackle all of these professional commitments and still have time for all the fun things I want to do in retirement. Otherwise I'll end up creating stress instead of enjoying this amazing opportunity.
For those of you who have retired, taken a leave of absence or four-over-five, did you find yourself tempted to overdo it at first? What advice did others give you?
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