(Photo Details: That's me at the piano in my first jazz combo performance--playing Take the A Train)
How long I have been retired now: 11 years.
Questions I never ask anymore: Do I have enough money to get me through the rest of my retirement? How will I fill my time? Should I be more productive? What will people think when I tell them I’m retired?
Oh, and I never feel guilty about being retired.
In fact, I never think about my life as “retired life.” It’s just life. Which is probably why I haven’t been blogging about retirement at all the last couple years. I don’t contemplate the “issues” of retirement anymore.
Questions I do ponder now: Will I ever be a really great jazz pianist? (Heck, I'd settle for really good.) Am I practicing in the best way to improve my skills? Will I ever be able to perform without feeling nervous? When will I be so comfortable playing with other people that I can listen to the other musicians and respond in real time?
Oh and will I survive another Trump presidency if it comes to that?
But mostly it’s the music that consumes me. It is my passion.
In a lot of ways, my life now looks much like it did when I was working. I actually get up earlier, because now I have a cat and she wakes me up early because she doesn’t know how to make her own breakfast.
I spend hours in the morning at my computer. But instead of working, I’m checking in on the stock market, reading the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. (Well actually, that’s a lot like when I was working too, to be totally honest . . .). I’m answering email and planning my day. Because I’ve got to squeeze in a workout and an hour or two (or three) of playing my piano. Because Monday night is small jazz combo class, and Thursday night is jazz big band class with my dad. And Wednesday is piano lesson day. Tuesday I have a regular walking date and Fridays a regular lunching date.
It’s a lot like work, I mean if you totally loved everything you were doing every minute of every day when you were working.
And just like back in the day, we’re on the couch with a glass of wine at 5pm watching Anderson Cooper. Unwinding from our day’s activities.
Things I still love to do when I can squeeze them in: Painting my house, gardening, reading.
Things I used to love but not so much anymore: Travel.
Things I used to love but am now taking out for a test drive again: Blogging.
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