I used to listen to retired folks say they are so busy these days, they don’t know where the time goes. I thought, you’re retired, what is so important? And then I found out after I retired from the daily grind. You have time to live your life, do the things you want, and maybe do the things you should have been doing all along.
I am in awe of people who don’t want to retire. They love their jobs and might do them for free if they could afford it. I had some good jobs in my career. But I’m happy to say, now I can do what I want. My dog gets more walks because I’m home. I work out more, because I’m not so tired, I finish more writing that I started, and I make time for friends.
I went to lunch with two of my favorite people yesterday before one went on a trip, just to catch up. In the middle of a Saturday afternoon there may or may not have been a small glass of wine to celebrate the season.
The other night – on a week night – we had dinner with some old friends from my husband’s career days. Someone we seldom see anymore and it was such fun hearing about their plans and telling them ours. We should do it more often.
I have plans for every Saturday in October with book signings, discussions with the library and all things literate. I love books (no! you say) but I also love people. I’ve made many friends over a long life and a lot of them are still around to spend time with. My goal is to make sure I take time for them too and not just hide out in a book.
What about you? Do you see your friends enough?