Last week on Monday I turned 65 and Thursday of that week was my last day of work. I am officially retired now. A few years ago I was really looking forward to retirement, but more recently I really started to dread it.
When you can do anything you want, what’s to stop you from doing nothing? Sleep in late, eat breakfast, take a nap, eat lunch, take an afternoon nap, order a pizza for dinner and go to bed early. Then maybe you die within a month.
Even though this is just the first full week, I can report that I have not fallen into that trap. I am keeping busy but not forcing it. We shall see.
It helps that we have had a little bit of good butterfly weather and I have been getting out and chasing them. This silver-spotted skipper was in my back yard.
This old, battered mourning cloak was at Swede Point Park.
I signed up for the website iNaturalist, and those photos were submitted as a part of a week-long Iowa Bioblitz.
So I am getting out, doing some of the same old stuff I have done all along only in new ways. I do plan to do some new things, too. I don’t have it all figured out yet but I think I am getting there.
Maybe I will find time to yell at kids to get off my lawn…