Subtle shifts

On Sunday my sister asked me how I am liking retirement. Honestly, so far it doesn’t feel much different from a typical July. This is the month when there is always a subtle shift from school in session to summertime. I noticed it yesterday. A relaxing, a slowing down, a let up on the pressure to get things done. I am spending more time with a book (or my kindle) in my lap. My ability to concentrate on the printed word has shifted and I am able to read in spite of the noisy lawn mowers or television.

Yesterday I didn’t get dressed until noon. I finished two books (about 40 pages left in each), did some decluttering and recycling, and started a new sweater. I walked and did a bit of housework. it was a full day but I didn’t feel rushed or anxious. And there it is, that shift into summer mode. I am trying to pay attention.

Published by Juliann

Recently retired and ready for adventure

5 thoughts on “Subtle shifts

  1. I imagine it won’t feel all that different until it’s time for everyone to go back . . . and you don’t. The subtle shift into summer mode will become a permanent shift into retirement mode.

  2. I LOVE this! paying attention is so important to make sure the minutes (hours?!) don’t just float away. That’s maybe one of the reasons I love my calendar habit so much (and the Three Things) – even if I don’t spend the day doing things I plan, I still spend them … and documenting that is part of the story. I can’t wait to see your sweater start!

  3. That subtle shift toward summer carries me back to the days I taught. I think retirement will feel more real once the fall semester begins. At least that is when it I felt retired. I’ll look forward to seeing your sweater.

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