How much time is too much time to waste? I’m not sure, but I am sure I’m not wasting enough. Wasting time is one of the great pleasures of retirement, and lately I haven’t had enough of it to waste. I miss that.
This is the time of year when folks are making New Year’s Resolutions. I think I made some last year, but I don’t remember what they were or whether I accomplished them. Does anyone really?
1. Be more efficient with my time. Time-efficiency is way overrated. That’s something you do when you’re trying to cram more stuff into a limited amount of time. The thing I appreciated most when I first retired was that I no longer had to do that. Taking on a part-time consulting gig has put some restraints on my time, in that I have less of it to just sit around doing what appears to the outside world as nothing.
Before I quit the world of full-time employment, I had to squeeze in my daily workouts, sometimes before work, sometimes during my lunch hour. When I retired, I thought I would have more time to work out. Certainly, I did have more of it to devote to fitness, but I didn’t. I used it for goofing off. Ditto with yard work and house cleaning. Wasting time is a luxury. I’m going to bask in that luxury.
2. Lose 5 pounds. Whatever. How many times have I made that resolution, and really what do I have to show for it? I weigh 108 pounds. There, I said it. That’s pretty much what I’ve weighed for the last 20 years give or take a pound or two. Would I like to be 5 pounds lighter? Sure, but I really like food and I really like wine and I really don’t want to get up early for boot camp.
3. Give up drinking. About a month ago, Doug and I agreed to a month-long challenge with a friend. We each decided to give up something that was hard for us to give up. For our friend Jeff, it was sugar. For Doug and me it was alcohol. You might think I would have gained something positive from the experience, increased energy, weight-loss, or a greater sense of well-being. Nope. I was just as tired at night, woke up with more headaches, and weighed exactly the same at the end of the experiment as I did at the beginning. Oh, and I had less fun. I’m having wine with dinner whenever I want. So there.
4. Spend less money. I’ve had a part-time consulting job now for almost 5 months. And I do admit, I like the feeling of having more money to spend. I was in Crate & Barrel last week to pick up a Christmas gift for a friend. I savored all the beautiful items on display. While there was nothing there that I felt compelled to own myself, I liked the idea of having the money to pick up a little something if I wanted to. But here’s the thing. Even though I’ve been bringing in extra spending money, we don’t actually use it for spending. There’s nothing that I want that I’m not already getting within the confines of our retirement budget.
So is it too terrible to resolve to waste more time, drink more wine, and spend more money, all while trying to just maintain my current weight? Sounds like the underachiever’s guide to resolutions, but that’s what I’m going for in 2011.
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