When there's ample time to think, what do we do with it?
Empty nest, newly retired, divorced 2 years. People keep telling me I'm going to be bored after 3 months of retirement. I'm at 6 months, and I still feel like I never have enough time. I'm enjoying every minute of it. And sitting and doing nothing except entertaining my thoughts is awesome. More running, more walking, more swimming, more reading, all the good stuff. And there are still life's responsibilities, bills, home upkeep, aging mother duties, but I'm embracing that it doesn't all have to be done right now. Tomorrow is another day. Another day that I might start with a run. 😃
Terrell, this is perfect timing....as I have mentioned before, I am getting close to retirement and as excited as I am, I am also a little apprehensive. I know I will have plenty to do, and as Happy half runner stated: it doesn’t have to be done all at once.....I catch myself dreaming of being on my own schedule, run when I want, go for a walk, work in the yard, etc...but I think my apprehension is about how I will feel not being “needed” at work any longer.....scary and exciting at the same time🤔 any advice that others have regarding retiring would be appreciated.....time for an early morning run....then off to work.
This is why I run because I need time to think because I'm working 2 jobs Toward goals in life because I'm at the end of my career cooking. I'm starting to think about what I'm gonna do when I Semi retire. My twentieth Let's go go I had to see the world. I had to change my life. Because I came from a very sheltered Wife Every decade I tried to do something different. I said it goes even if it's 5 or 67 years down the road I do accomplish i T h e m. When I run it's my time. I have time to think I'm just to be alone. With my thoughts, I am really enjoying that. If you can be alone and enjoy it, that's really healthy because you can look at perspectives and you can see where you're going. I do not run with music or anything like that because it's my quiet time. As we get older, we appreciate what we've had, and we can look back. It's a how do we How many things in our lives
Love this! Exactly what it’s like to see your kids grow up and move on. It gets quieter and quieter. I find things to fill the silence, but love my running time alone with my thoughts. 🥰 Running has helped me mentally so very, very much.
I loved this post, Terrell. I need to think about the questions you've raised. On paper, I have lots of time to think. No kids at home, no paying job. I still crave and sink into moments when I can be silent and see where my thoughts take me but it still takes conscious effort to make them happen and to choose to look away from distractions. When u walked long distances on my own I could think about so much and it was part of the walk I looked forward to. I think running or walking or being outs in nature or the garden allow the brain to unfurl abd stretch out. I find it much harder to achieve this inside, sitting, breathing and concentrating.
Hey Terrell! I’m definitely in the wrong spot...I can’t seem to find the link (or place?) where I can sign up to be a paid subscriber? There was a recent post you made, new subscribers at a $40 rate? Let me know how I can do that!! Lauriegoddard27@gmail.com
I had to laugh at all these plans. . . come back in 10, 15 years! You'll laugh with me! Life isn't like that all!
Too soon, we get old, too late, we get smart! :)
That line from The Natural is spot on. I've probably experienced a bit of that myself, figuring out a lot of things through to my fifties and now, at 63, well into--in my opinion--benefitting from the wisdom I've gained in examining that first chunk of time.
One thing I'll say here where I disagree with you, Terrell, is that I don't think things quiet down necessarily once the mid-life responsibilities dial back. There's always more--more challenges at work, creativity, and so on. And it's for the most part good!
Ah The Natural...love that movie. Been a while since I’ve seen it but I like those quotes and how they apply to the topic. I will let that sink in on my next run.
p.s. gorgeous view on your run! Wish I had those views.