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.