(Photo Details: Staged patio of the vacation home I no longer own--as of yesterday.)
You’ll hear this question from retired people all the time, “How did I ever have time for work?” And I know what working people think about this. But I don’t think it has to do with the time. I think it has to do with the re-wiring or our retired brains.
I can’t multitask anymore.
I used to work 40+hours a week, fit in time for exercise, AND manage to accomplish other bigger things that were going on in my life. All at the same time as holding down a job.
Last month I gave my piano teacher a check for the month’s lessons--one week late for starters. I forgot to bring the check in at the beginning of April. Then on top of that, I received an email from my teacher that I had not written his name anywhere on the check. Instead of his name on the payee line I wrote out the amount again.
That’s because the part of my brain devoted to simple tasks has been taken over by the part of my brain that is involved in selling our vacation home. Because my brain can’t operate with the same lobes as it used to, now it needs all the lobes to manage a complex task like that. And I don’t even know if I mean lobes. I have bought and sold a few houses over the years of my working life and I still managed to keep up with the complex finances of a venture capital firm. But I can’t manage the simple finance task of writing a check right now.
It seems to be the same thing when it comes to fun hobbies. When I’m really into piano, I don’t make time for blogging. And same thing in reverse with blogging. And both of those are displaced by planning for trip when I have one of those on the horizon, which I do.
I can’t even multitask fun anymore!
Since my last post ions ago I have been focused on one or the other of the following things: planning for an upcoming trip to Singapore, Bali, and Tokyo, practicing the piano, or doing the myriad of tasks (including worrying) involved with the the selling of a house. Only one at a time, of course, as we have just established that I can no longer do two things at once.
So now you’re wondering how I have managed to sit down right now and write a blog post, aren’t you? The trip is planned and the house is sold! So why am I not playing my piano? Because I have had the flu all week and that would simply require more energy than I have right now.
Today I was supposed to be at a class called “Developing a Sustainable and Rewarding Writing Process.” But I was too sick to leave the house. And the truth is, I know the answer already--which is a good thing because it’s too late to get my money back: Get your butt in the chair and write. And it turns out that is really easy to do if you’re just getting over the flu.
Just the same, next year I’m getting the flu shot.
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