Today my sister-in-law asked my husband and me, "So, are you guys still liking being retired, or do you ever get bored?"
Doug and I laughed; I told her no, I don't ever get bored.
She commented that she is a little apprehensive about retiring herself, because she fears she might get bored.
So I asked her, "Have you ever been bored in your whole life?"
She said, no, she never really gets bored.
"So what makes you think you would be bored in your retirement--you'll just get to do exactly what you want to do right now, only you'll have more time to actually do it?"
She said, "Well, I guess it's not boredom I'm really afraid of--it's laziness." She is worried that without deadlines and the structure and demands of a job, she might just sit around all day and do nothing.
Which kind of reminds me of my first few months of retirement. I had so many options of what to do that it pretty much immobilized me from doing any of them. I felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices and the list of things I wanted to accomplish. And I kept getting sick. (I wonder if this was my body saying "I have NO IDEA what to do first. Maybe getting sick is a good idea, then you don't have to choose 'cause you can't do ANY of them!")
As excited as you might be to retire--it does take a few months to acclimate. I now have discovered that you can only do two activities each day. That's right, two. That is the most you can do and still eat three meals, get eight (or nine, as the case may be) hours of sleep, manage a workout, and MAYBE write a blog post. After that, you only have time to do two things. Meet a friend for lunch and go to the library. Play tennis and then read a book. Garden and take a writing class. Paint your bathroom (that counts as two things, by the way. You will learn the time-equivalency-exchange rates here: painting is hard work, it counts as two things AND a workout.)
The hardest thing to adjust to, is probably exactly what my sister-in-law fears. Some days, you truly don't have the energy to do anything "significant." When you are working, if you don't have a lot of energy, it doesn't matter, you still have to go to work that day. In retirement, if you don't have the energy to do something, you just don't do it. BUT THAT'S OK! You could indulge in feeling guilty about, but what's the point? Do something tomorrow.
Once you decide that every day doesn't have to look exactly as the day before it, and that you can be flexible, and decide right now what you want to do right now, that's when you get your retirement groove going.