I may have finally found the secret to how I am going to learn to relax! I can achieve my personal goal for this summer…one of them, anyway. In a previous post about not being good at relaxing, I admitted that this isn’t something I do easily. Actually, I stink at it. But I had a brainstorm this morning and I think I have found the solution.
I am going to retire.
I know what you are thinking…..Aren’t you only in your forties? A part-time employee? Kids to put through college? Did you win the lottery? Did you take your meds today?
OK, I will admit that I can’t REALLY retire (start breathing again, hubby). That would be like throwing a graduation party for a kindergartner (oh wait, people do that). Like buying a wedding dress after the first date. Like ordering dentures right after your last adult tooth comes in.
No, MY retirement will be more like a mind-game that I will play. I will simply convince myself that to relax and have fun IS my job. Something that HAS to be done! Like laundry, only less stinky. It will be at the top of my list each and every day. Right before “go to work” and “laundry”.
Over the past few weeks, I have attended three wonderful retirement parties for five awesome coworkers. I’m telling you, these people are on to something! They are happy (I would even say some are glowing), relaxed, energized, and ready for their next phase of life. They talk about upcoming trips, club meetings, gardening, hiking, dancing, volunteering, going for walks, sleeping in, spending time with family, and pretty much doing what makes them happy. Work is not included in their lists. No, only things that make them laugh, smile, and relax seem to be on the new agenda.
What a concept.
Older retirees often come back for these wonderful parties, and they look even more relaxed. Tan, even.
I’m starting to think there is a secret club, some special supplement they take, or just something they all know that we don’t. I even watched them at these parties for evidence of a secret handshake. Didn’t see it.
I can’t quite decide what changes when you retire, other than the obvious loss of a paycheck. Do people give themselves permission to relax and have fun, since the weight of the working world has been tossed aside? Or were these particular people always fun and relaxed anyway? What if we could just bottle their enthusiasm and market a new combination energy/relaxation drink? Have that Retirement Mindset but still keep the paycheck.
Of course, I want the party too. If I am going to enter this new phase of my life, a good party would be the best way to start it off. At retirement parties, there are funny stories told about the retiree, silly songs and skits, wonderful food and wine, and all of the friends you could possibly ask for. The perfect way to start a new phase.
So I officially announce my retirement, effective NOW. I will keep my job and continue to hold down the fort at home, but my mindset will be different. Topics of conversation will change, and there will immediately be more interest in my hips (still my own), my teeth (all original), my comfortable shoes, and the status of my passport. People will actually EXPECT me to look relaxed.
My party? I will have to get back to you on that. I am now officially too busy to worry about such things, as I am planning a vacation, reading a new book, and have plans to sleep in tomorrow.