"Life consists of what a man is thinking of all day."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have been retired now for two months. Here is what I have learned. While perceptions of retirement vary, all retirement really means is that you don't go to your job anymore. That is the only universal truth, (well, that and there is no such thing as comfortable thong underwear.)
What will you spend your time doing after you retire? Whatever you spent your time doing before you retired, minus the job. While I'm sure my interests will evolve over the years (just as they did while I was working), I now spend my time doing exactly what I did before I retired, only more of it. (Which reminds me of a wise friend's similar observation after a cocktail one evening, "I feel more like I do now than when I first came in.")
Life consists of what a man is thinking of all day. Being retired just means that what you are thinking of all day is exactly what you want to be thinking about, not what someone else is paying you to think about.