(Photo Details: Governor's Island, August 2013-Fête Paradiso: A Festival of Vintage Carousels and Carnival Rides)
We got home from New York on Wednesday night. On Thursday, Doug went for a bike ride with a friend and then ran some errands. I stayed home and played the piano for five hours. I took a break for lunch, but basically I was at the piano all day. I was totally occupied.
I didn’t really miss my piano in New York because when I was in New York I was totally occupied with New York. Even the week before we left on our trip, I didn’t really play the piano. I was actually a little burned out, and welcomed the break from my practice routine. But now it’s all I want to do again.
Generally, when we’re at home, we spend most nights eating dinner in front of the TV. There are a lot of shows we like lately, Newsroom, Dexter, The Killing, Downton Abbey, House of Cards. But before we left on our trip, I was beginning to get sick of our evening routine, sitting in front of the TV--just like we did when we were working. I was ready to break out of that.
In New York, we ate dinner out most nights. I think we maybe watched four hours of TV the whole month we were there. We were either at a Yankee’s game, or watching Serena Williams at the U.S. Open, or at a jazz club, or a Broadway show. By the end of our stay, we were totally exhausted. I was so ready to go home and eat dinner in front of the TV.
When you retire, you have to replace your occupation with something else that occupies you. You need to feel engaged in something. But it’s not going to be the same thing every day for the rest of your life. You need cycles. I can’t play piano, or go out every night, or stay home with the TV every night, or travel, or do anything day after day after day. I need to cycle back and forth between new and old passions. I need to cycle back and forth between periods of high activity and slower paced ones. Heck, I’ve even cycled between work and retirement in my retirement.
Many people feel like they need to set up a routine in retirement. I think I might be the opposite. I’m happiest drifting between the extremes. On our trip I was happy to be out exploring all the time. Going a mile a minute. The last few days, I’ve been so happy to just relax at home. Really, I didn’t even leave my house the first four days I was back!
Ok, so I just finished a blog post, and now I'm off to the piano, before settling down in front of the Dexter episodes we missed while in New York.
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