Monday, October 24, 2016

Retirement: Hopes and fears

If you’ve read here more than once you know that I’m looking forward to retirement. It’s truly right around the corner and I do have many things I hope will be included in my retired life. I also have some very legitimate fears.

First some of my hopes –



Exercising / getting more fit

Traveling with Nick

Visiting with friends, especially blogging friends


and ... you know

But there is fear. Big fear. Very realistic fear. Whether this fear will come about is completely up to me – and that terrifies me! 

I don't what this to be me

Nick sometimes makes this suggestion

This does seem reasonable...

Yep, this is a big fear

Written by PK at 5:30 PM



At 3:52 AM, Blogger Roz said...

Hi PK, congratulations on retirement being around the corner. An exciting time which offers lots of opportunities.

Great pics and I just love your list of hopes. Your fear won't be realised...because you don't want it to be realised :)


At 5:50 AM, Blogger Rosie Jones said...

I'm sure your hopes will come to fruition but you'd have to be a saint not to get a bit lazy sometimes. I don't think saints are much fun!
Rosie xx

At 7:42 AM, Blogger Ella said...

PK, I am very excited for you. This is a huge life step. Think of all the time for writing and smile, my friend. You have earned it.

Have you talked to Nick about these fears? Perhaps, he could make some suggestions and help to keep you productive. It helps to have a coach when you know self discipline is lacking.

Hugs From Ella

At 8:17 AM, Blogger abby said...

As someone who has been in your shoes....At first those fears might be more the norm..heck who has not dreamed of staying in bed til you felt like getting up, of binging on your favorite tv shoes, of having a do-nothing day or 2 or a couple weeks.
But eventually, you realize life is more than that, you might join a book club, set up a breakfast or lunch meet or dinner meeting every month with friends, are work on all those hopes.
I loved teaching, but as you know too well it consumes you....not you get to just be you and follow whatever 'itch' you have...
hugs abby

At 8:51 AM, Blogger Katie said...

Hi PK! :) It is so wonderful that you are in a countdown now to retirement! You will have so much fun having time to write, as you want to. You got some good suggestions above, as to how to fill some time in other ways.

I too think that you will be just fine. Just the fact that you know what you don't want, the realization of the same, makes me think that you will not have a problem with all of that. But I agree- take it to Nick. It always feel good to talk through worries with the ones that we love. He may find some very creative ways to help you out, should you start to go astray there. :)

Exciting times ahead for you. I know that you will find your way! More Cassie for us all too. She's a hoot! Many hugs,

<3 Katie

At 9:37 AM, Blogger ronnie said...

I think it's wonderful that you are about to retire and don't worry your fears wont be realised because you don't want them to. Keep active. Think you will have more time to travel to those places you and Nick have always wanted to visit, more time to write, time to take those walks and going to the gym wont seem such a burden.

Every day will be a new day so yes laze a bit have fun but mostly enjoy your retirement.


At 9:51 AM, Blogger Leigh Smith said...

Retirement - I love it. I used to think I would have all this free time, but the truth is you fill up the time you have Take this week - my first free day is Friday - yup Friday. Granted I'm doing things I chose to do but still.
Have no fears.

At 10:41 AM, Blogger Meredith Malloy said...

I like your goal about more travel time with blogging friends! I am still very restless with not working. It is not easy to go from a rewarding to career to retirement. We are here to help and I think a retirement coach is an excellent idea.

At 3:57 PM, Blogger Terpsichore said...

I feel like I am living your fear sometimes as a way to avoid the inevitable stress that comes with life...but the truth is that being lazy once and a while is nice but eventually you will want to go and chase your dreams whatever those are...whether reading or writing or visiting friends or vacationing or having doubt you will find a balance...enjoy your retirement! Hugs

At 4:35 PM, Blogger Downunder Don said...

Hi PK, yes those are all the fears facing everyone as they contemplate retirement. Fortunately you are choosing when to retire and not having it forced upon you by ill health. This translates have thought about all the benefits just around the corner and had time to plan.
There is another way to look at the fears. You will become more active and will be less tempted by the bad eating routines. You will have the chance to write and then reach out to all your blogging friends. You will have time to become more active in your local community...and lots more.
It is all out there just waiting for you to grab it with two hands and embrace everything you can.

At 9:13 PM, Blogger Laurel said...

How exciting for you! I wish you well. Change is a good thing and you will figure this one out like all the others, have faith, it is what you make it.

At 9:26 PM, Blogger Cat said...

Hey PK...I do like your list of hopes. As far as your fears go...they are reasonable but since you have already identified them, think you will be on guard against them. I do have faith in you.

Hugs and blessings...Cat

At 10:04 PM, Blogger PK said...

Thanks Roz, I'm excited, but I know how unmotivated I can sometimes get.

At 10:05 PM, Blogger PK said...

Saint I'm not! LOL!

At 10:07 PM, Blogger PK said...

Nick would make good suggestions - but no follow through and that is harder on me than no suggestions at all.

At 10:09 PM, Blogger PK said...

I will have to make a conscience effort to get out some - I tend to be a hermit. But I do have some things in mind.

At 10:11 PM, Blogger PK said...

Nick loves me truly, but consistence with TTWD is not his strong suit. But hopefully identifying my fear will help me avoid them.

At 10:15 PM, Blogger PK said...

I just hope all my book ideas won't leave me the minute I retire.

At 10:17 PM, Blogger PK said...

I believe you, I really do. But I don't want to fill up every minute. Hope I'll learn to balance.

At 10:18 PM, Blogger PK said...

I'm a great couch potato and I want time to do this some, I just can't let it take over my life.

At 10:20 PM, Blogger PK said...

I'm with you - there is no problem with occasional laziness. I just can't let it overwhelm me. One vanilla friend wrote 14 book during her first year of retirement. That inspires me.

At 10:23 PM, Blogger PK said...

I hope I will embrace it. I have definite hermit tendencies, but I'm going to fight it and try to get involved.

At 10:24 PM, Blogger PK said...

I really hope I make it a good thing!

At 6:28 PM, Blogger Minelle Labraun said...

I recently listened to a speaker and he said we have all the power inside us to be whomever we wish. He explained it more scientifically comparing it to atoms.... hmmm wasn't listening to that part! :)
I know you will find your stride. Allow yourself a few lazy days, but then fill your time.... your's and Nick's way!

At 10:08 PM, Blogger PK said...

My dad was in to positive thinking and making things happened. And he was always right!

At 10:09 PM, Blogger PK said...

I really want to fulfill all my dreams and they are all obtainable if I get on them.

At 4:32 AM, Blogger lindy thomas said...

PK I'm sure once you've retired things will seem different. You have a new perspective on life and make the most of each day. After Bear retired and we moved our life style changed so much. We both lost heaps of weight and are more active. Bear is healthier.
Stay positive everything will be great. You'll wonder how you ever had time to fit work into your schedule before too long.
Hugs Lindy


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