Some things have been on my mind:
1. Retirement is wonderful. I am busy, but I'm busy with things I CHOOSE to do, not what I HAVE to do. I do my housework when it needs doing, or when I'm motivated to tackle a major chore. I keep up with the business bookkeeping on my schedule. I exercise regularly. We've done a bit of traveling on the spur of the moment. I read, relax, watch TV or Netflix. I deliver Meals on Wheels. I've gotten involved again (after a longish hiatus) with church committee work and church events. I lunch with friends. It's a lovely life.
2. I am doing NEW things. I don't know what is so freeing about being in my 60's but I am doing new things - tubing down a river, joining a yoga class, snowshoeing, going to a paint night.
3. I'm healthier. Since June 1, 2016 I've lost over 70 pounds through diet and exercise -- ON MY OWN, not through a program. I've seen success with a fitness tracker and a fitness app (MyFitnessPal). I have striven to get at least 30 minutes of cardio exercise at least 5 days a week, through fitness classes like water aerobics, water tabata, Zumba Gold, and through rowing, snowshoeing, and WALKING. I've gone from a size 30 jean to a size 18 jean, and from 3x tops to XL.
4. Because of my weight loss, I'm learning a new sense of body space! I still think of myself as enormous and am always pleasantly surprised when I fit in a booth, or put the tray table down on an airplane. I give myself more space than I need to get by people or past obstacles. I need to re-learn personal space.
5. Partly because I have time, partly because I'm feeling healthy, partly because we can afford it, and partly because I realize how fleeting life is, I am not putting things off that I want to do. I'm learning how to identify bird songs, I'm planning trips (off to California to visit our son and daughter-in-law soon, and to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone (tour) in the fall. Despite the perilous times we are living in nationally and world wide, I am more optimistic about the part of life I can control. It feels good!