This week my vacation is a staycation. It would be great to be going somewhere like the beach, the mountains or New York City, but I chose to stay home and catch up on some overdue projects and a couple of doctor appointments.
I've also referred to this week as retirement practice. Several friends I've
made in my neighborhood over the past four years are retired. I've been
watching how they live in their retirement and I'm visualizing that kind of
life for myself some day. Retirement is not something I paid much attention to
until a year or two ago but every day that distant, fuzzy idea attains a
closer, sharper status in my head.
I'll always do some kind of work but I can see a day when I don't have the
all-consuming job I now have. Like many boomers, I am unprepared financially
for living without a job. At some point in a relatively few years I'll be
eligible for Social Security and can draw from a union pension and a 401k. All
of that combined might be enough to live on but I don't really know.
Today has been an interesting start to my week at home. My neighborhood is
relatively quiet on Monday's. My stops included a physical therapist and an
orthopedic supply store. Side note: the PT is an old friend I hadn't seen in
fifteen years and the store is right next door to my wine hangout. I also
stopped at Starbucks during a time in the morning significantly less hectic
than my usual pre-work time.
During my lunch break I channel surfed past Soap operas, old tv shows,
political talk shows and the last few minutes of a Jason Bourne movie. I hope
this doesn't become a habit this week or in some future retirement.
Tonight I'll avoid trick-or-treaters by having dinner and drinks away from my
apartment. I might wear the only Halloween clothes I own, an orange pumpkin
I must admit that I don't miss work a bit today. It's been on my mind a little
but I'm trying so stay disconnected and make this a true vacation, even though
I'm not traveling.
In the spirit of retirement practice, I might visualize a
work-from-home-part-time schedule, just to see what that would look like and
More later. Time to start on a home project.