For those of us enjoying our retirement years, watching, or listening to today’s news is disheartening at best. If any of you are like me, watching or listening to such news tends to put me in a funky/crappy mood. The secret to avoiding this so-called news, whether it be on TV, social media, Google, or whatever is to not watch or listen to it. I know – hard to do, but it can be done.
Usually, I pop out of bed anxious to tackle whatever I placed on my “To-Do” list the night before. But there are days I wake in a so-so mood and don’t really feel gung-ho about the day. How do I handle those days? Well, I have come up with a wild and crazy method to avoid becoming funky/crappy. I try to envision myself at an age without a care in the world (whatever age that might be). And the next thing I hear are words telling me that due to the weather, a snow day, storm day, humidity day (What? Living in Florida, it could happen) has been declared and today is a “Free Day” meaning I don’t have to do a thing today other than what I feel I want to do.
I know, many of the retirees reading this are saying to themselves: Being retired, technically, all our days are free days. But are they? We all know that being retired doesn’t mean we do not have responsibilities. We still must do this and that – you know chores and other things that need to be done. But as we all know, sometimes we put off cleaning the bathroom until tomorrow or vacuuming Wednesday instead of Thursday. Either way, one day or another those chores must be attended to.
But have we ever truly given ourselves a “free day?” You know, a day that we have a full 7 or 8 hours of “free time” – me time away from your usual retirement day. And once we decide to utilize that time the question arises – how are you going to spend these 7 to 8 hours of free time?
Are you going to play games, watch that weird or action movie you have been putting off? Perhaps, you are going to try your hand at that Sudoku puzzle that has had you stumped now for days and work it until it is done. Or perhaps you have been wanting to start that 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle you keep coming across in your office and decide now is the time to start it.
Maybe you have always had the desire to cook but never found the right time to try it – perhaps now is the time to attempt cooking that favorite meal you have been thinking about. Or now may be the time to sit down and learn some of the various applications on your phone. With our cell phones being like minicomputers, how many of us retirees use these high-tech tools to their full capacity.
Here is another thought. My wife and I recently had to dig through some old photographs searching for a photo of the Grand Canyon from a trip we made many years ago. Now may be the time for us to begin putting old photos in some type of chronological order so our children aren’t burdened with that project after we are gone. Free day!
Another thing to do on so-called “free days” is to watch old movies. I like funny movies – not slapstick stupid funny – but movies that resonate with life and possibly remind us in a funny way some of the blunders we may have made during our lifetime. During this free time, watching an old comedy film, or anything for that matter that gets us smiling, laughing, and our minds off what is happening in the world today would be worth the time devoted to it.
I could start writing another book or better yet get back to reading one of the two I started months ago. Anything – the goal is to forget all that may be happening in the world today for a few hours – and just relax in the moment.
The whole premise of this “free day” is to grab a block of time free of responsibilities and schedules for yourself. Who knows, we may enjoy ourselves so much that we may decide to have a free day once a week or perhaps twice a month if only to improve our mental, physical, and emotional needs during these wild and crazy times. And guess what, being retired, here’s the kicker – we can do this whenever we want no matter what the weather is outside.
Okay, that provides you with my rants and raves for this week’s post. But seeing that I like to make my readers smile and laugh – now to the comical side of me.
Here’s a thought:
If we seniors had our own Television Network, chances are we’d be watching shows like:
Saturday Afternoon Live
The Price is Right if I Can Use a Coupon
Law & Order: Get Those Kids Off My Lawn
And while watching those shows we would have some Cocktails for Seniors – you know like:
Gin and Panic
Iron-Poor Bloody Mary
Long Island Lukewarm Tea
Well folks, that’s all for this week’s post. Y’all have a good day now, ya hear!
Until next time!