Have you decided what you’re going to do in your retirement yet?
Yes, if I had a dollar for each time I was asked that question (and the people who asked it repeatedly would have to pay proportionately more each time they asked) I would have a million dollars and I really wouldn’t have to worry about living on a “fixed income.” Perhaps I’m just a little defensive about being asked? Here’s some of the answers I’ve thought of.
The silly answer:
I’m gonna get chickens!!!
The best answer:
I am listening for God’s direction, and am willing to go where He wants me to go and do what He wants me to do.
The daydreaming answer:
I’m gonna move to a farm in Oregon!
The boring answer:
I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve been doing, only not go to work two days a week.
The most-likely-to-happen answer:
I’m going to do some of those things that I’ve had to put aside/give up/put on the back burner for the last 25 years while I worked as a nurse.
So, to expand on some of those answers, I am seriously seeking God’s direction. But sometimes He doesn’t give exact directions, and you just have to make a decision. The day I read the words “Jesus decided to…” was a very important day in my indecisive life.
I really really do want to have chickens again. I just read a book called “Still Life with Chickens.” It was very fun to read, and had a lot more detail about life with chickens than I expected. I really like everything about chickens except the mess. And the crowing. But I know what to do about that now LOL.
Regarding that daydreaming answer: A couple of interesting things have collided, in this order. While surfing around Amazon, I noticed a book called Fifty Acres and a Poodle. All about a woman uprooting her life and moving to the country. It included a standard poodle, so I had to have it. While looking at that book, the “Still Life with Chickens” book showed up, so I ordered that one too. I thought they would both be fun books to read. Then in my blog about grief, PJ wrote such a good comment, and part of it was encouragement to “take the trip or journey to a place you have always wanted to go or experience to feel the renewal of dreams.” THEN, my BFF reminded me that I had always wanted to move to Oregon (Even before she moved there. I’ve loved Oregon since I was a young girl.) And hey! Don’t you guys think that moving to a farm and writing about the whole experience would be the best blog fodder ever? Of course, the down side of this answer would be that I would actually have to move LOLOL.
Most-likely-to-happen? These will include just some everyday life kind of things, as well as maybe some more fun exotic things. You know, like maybe gardening a bit more. Keeping the housework under control. Exercising more consistently. Having EVERY SATURDAY OFF LIKE THE REST OF THE WORLD. Celebrating every holiday on the same day that the rest of the world is celebrating. Traveling without worrying about getting back in time, or fitting it in, or finding someone else to ‘cover’ me. Oh my, the possibilities are endless under this category.
And did you notice I did not even include the one thing that I am for sure planning to do: work on my art quilting. I have said this answer many times to many people, and am usually met with a blank stare and a polite nod. I don’t think they know what an art quilt is, or they think that is a boring goal, or whatever. I don’t really have the inclination to try to explain it to them. So I’ve stopped giving this answer.