You can take the teacher out of the classroom but… it is hard to remove the academic calendar from a teacher’s soul. So I thought it might be fitting to give a “mid-year” update on my new “retired” life.
On the positive side: I know without a doubt I made the right decision. While I do miss my students and teaching my favorite novels, I do NOT miss the grading. I have had the opportunity to “teach” a few classes for the English Comp and ACT Prep courses, and that has satisfied the itch to reconnect with students. It is a wonderful feeling, however, to return home with an empty book bag and no homework!
Additionally, I am living a healthier lifestyle. I now have the time (or perhaps it is more accurate to say… I am making the time) to take care of myself physically and spiritually.
I have a wonderful morning routine that allows me to sleep-in just a bit (I typically wake up at 6:30am vs the 5:00am alarm of the past several years). I wake up leisurely, reading emails and sipping coffee while catching up on the news. I then spend quality time with the Lord, reading scriptures, engaging in Bible study, and journaling prayers.
I have time to take a brisk morning walk (I strive to walk a 5k five days out of seven) as well as a more relaxing walk with the Basset. By 1:00pm I have showered, lunched, and am ready to write. I have established a writing area at two local libraries and I try to devote two hours a day, five days a week, to developing this craft.
The evenings, as of late, are spent watching the Royals “take the crown” and learning to knit. I am definitely more relaxed; I am learning to let go of the unnecessary, re-evaluate priorities, and enjoy life.
Areas in need of improvement, however, include a lack of focus. This has NEVER been an issue for me; in fact, many would say that I am too focused on the task at hand. But it has been so very long since I have had free time that I am like a toddler in a toy store: I think I want to do this but wait… I also want to do that.
I have SO many interests (reading in a variety of genres – writing in several content areas – travel to several different locations – photography of people, places and things… paper crafting …. and now knitting) my brain has not caught up to the fact that I now I have plenty of time to pursue them all.
I have berated myself these past few weeks for this lack of focus, but I have recently decided it is ok. I will give myself this first year to flit and float from one idea and interest to another. My brain will catch up … and I know that I do not have to accomplish it all in a twelve month time period. I have several years to pursue, develop and mature these interests. And I am looking forward to every single day.
In the end, I would give a mid-term assessment of Retirement an A … and I am considering earning several post-graduate degrees.
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