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…


About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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3 Responses to Retirement

  1. Finn Holding says:

    Wishing you a happy and productive retirement. I’m a few years behind you but I’ll take inspiration from your post workplace nature activities. Good luck with your new ventures too, there’s so much natural world to explore!

  2. Stephane Hazen says:

    Enjoy your retirement! Mentor a student. Become a Master Gardener and use that as a venue to get speaking engagements to educate garden clubs about native plants. Take up a new hobby. And yes, sleep in, eat pizza, and relax! You earned it. Pretty soon you will wonder how you ever found time to work.

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