Bring on the Golden Years!

It’s been ages since I visited the Blogosphere and now I’m here I’m not entirely sure what to say. I’ve made a couple of false starts but one thing or another seems to get in the way, and weeks go by without me typing a single word.

One of my biggest blocks is that I always like to be positive, glossing over bouts of chronic pain and the resulting ‘brain fog’. In fact I’ve been in denial that I do suffer from an inflammatory condition that affects my creative output, preferring to celebrate minor accomplishments ~ like being able to chop up an onion or pull a handful of weeds from the garden (seriously!) ~ rather than whinge about my latest flare~up. It’s not consistent ~ on good days it’s easy to believe I’m ‘getting better’ and to try and catch up on neglected tasks all at once. But I’ve discovered that pacing myself and taking frequent breaks ~ even if I’m feeling fine ~ is more effective in the long run than working to the point of collapse.

I’ve been learning to accept my limitations for a couple of years but there’s been one major change recently. Martin had to retire in March, on health grounds of his own ~ so we’ve both been adjusting to that.

It’s weird not having to follow a timetable ~ Martin’s work schedule used to affect how I organised my days. I’d do as much housework as I could manage, prepare the evening meal and walk Indie round the block while he was visiting clients, so that he could relax when he came home. Now we share the household tasks then take the dog for a stroll before choosing how to spend the rest of the day ~ artwork… gardening… riding out on the Harley?

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We both know how lucky we are and rather than bemoaning the disadvantages of growing old we’re celebrating what Martin likes to call our ‘Golden Years’, (although, considering the colour of our hair, ‘Silver’ might be a more accurate description!) And while our income has shrunk to a couple of small pensions, we’re ‘time rich’ and have more energy to devote to our home, the garden and creative pursuits.

At first we had to keep reminding each other that this isn’t just a holiday; that we don’t have to cram everything into a fortnight, that we have all the time in the world to do as we please. And we plan to take full advantage of that, for however long as it lasts!

Now that we’re settling into the new (lack of) routine I’m getting to grips with those tasks that I kept sidelining for ‘later’. Like learning to use new technology, organising my digital photo library and tidying up my email accounts.

I’d also like to publish more frequent posts on Wordpress, now that I’ve definitely decided that I’m not going to retire from that too! I apologise for my lack of engagement lately but I’m already looking forward to visiting my favourite blogs, tapping back into the on~line community and enjoying the friendship and support of other writers, like I have in the past.

I’ll let you know how that works out!

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Author: Jacqueline King

Happily retired and living each day as it comes. I have enough, I am content. It doesn't get better than that! 😍

9 thoughts on “Bring on the Golden Years!”

  1. Hey there, so nice to hear from you ! we might be at different stage in our life adjusting to a different kinds of routines – for us evolving around our business and children (I don’t have a sewing machine at home, all done at work!) but funnily enough we both have the same “routine/pattern/schedule/kind of thing” when it comes to blogging. I have also posted today after quite a time. There must be more deeper planetary reasons for that, who knows. Let’s hope we’ll keep up with our wish to come back to blogging life.

    1. Hi there Vendulka! It’s great to hear from you that your new life is going so well that you haven’t had time to blog until now! I’m just getting around to reading my emailed notifications and will catch up with your news soon. You are absolutely right, there is something happening cosmically. I can’t explain it but I do know things are changing. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for your gentle concern, Becca ~ your last message was one of the things that prompted me to have another go at blogging. I have so much to catch up on that I’m having to take my time but I’m gradually ‘getting there’. 🙂

    1. Thank you Brenda ~ it was at an informal local bike show, which was good fun. I know we have had similar thoughts about whether or not to continue blogging but I seem to be having more ideas about what to write, so I’m going with those for the time being! 🙂

  2. You have been missed! I’m sorry to learn that both you and Martin have had flare-ups that have created changes you weren’t exactly looking for! That’s so disruptive and I have some understanding of that…my husband retired very abruptly this past March. But I really admire your perseverance and resilient spirit. I can imagine many good years ahead with lots of time to do the things that bring light and joy! And I would imagine those things will be good for your health, as well! Welcome back!

    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement, Debra ~ it does mean a lot to me. It seems that many of us have been going through similar experiences lately, there has been a definite shift. I do hope that you and your husband enjoy your ‘golden years’ as much as Martin and I intend to! Take care, ❤

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