LIVE THIS MOMENT
As I look over my blog, I see a trend that has developed that I had not noticed before. It's not as if I have nothing in my life in the present. Yet so much of what I have published in my blog has to do with my life back in Dauphin. That is not bad. I have good memories of that time. I had a good life there. I was very involved with the community there, probably too much sometimes. I had little time to do pleasure things so I put them off for "when I retire". Busy doing things I had to do, I had little time for things I wanted to do. I did, however, do a lot of travelling and I am happy that I did so. I saw a lot of the the world. It was my very appreciated reward for all my hard work. I certainly could not enjoy that strenuous pace now, so I'm glad to sit and read my detailed travel logs and look at my captioned pictures as I relax on my comfortable couch. This is retirement as it should be, a time to reflect on a life well spent and much enjoyed.
Now that I "am retired" I enjoy the freedom to choose my activities but from force of habit, I find I still take on more than I can chew sometimes and that is my own fault. This spring was an extremely busy one and I found myself running out of steam too often. It is time to acknowledge my limitations, time to take stock of my life, time to reset my priorities. Retirement should not be a time to gear up. It should be a time to gear down to a more comfortable pace. I have always dreamed of writing and as I spend my time at my computer, I am thankful that I still have this wonderful opportunity to indulge my dream on a hobby that is so stimulating and enjoyable for me. Too often we are so busy making a living we have no time to live. We miss out on the most important thing of all and often go to our grave with sad regrets. I am trying to avoid that. I am living and enjoying my life now. It's a much more relaxed pace and I like it that way.
I talked to a friend recently who was bemoaning the fact that all her life she had dreamed of painting pictures but she still has had "no time" to do it. (She has been retired for fifteen years). How many of us can identify with that problem? We keep putting things off over and over until we find that our time has completely run out. We are too ill or just otherwise too incapable of accomplishing those beautiful dreams anymore.
What a waste of a life and opportunity that is! It really is OUR CALL! Live this moment!