Clearly retirement is going very well, now that I got the hang of it. I can't believe that only two weeks ago I was wondering if I would ever be really comfortable with it.
What do I miss?
did try. I miss working with them. Our meetings where we constantly worked together coming up with innovative processes to streamline our work. Our team was always too small for the amount of work we had to get done; but we had a secret weapon. Well, it shouldn't have been a secret but Amazon's leadership principles do not foster true team spirit.
I miss being someone. That is even sillier than the car. But as the manager of a successful and talented group of engineers, for a company like Amazon, I felt a pride in what we accomplished. Not just for ourselves, not just for Amazon, but for our customers. Yes, no doubt you have come across bugs on Amazon's web site, no doubt some of you have been hit with the 'dog page'. But you have no idea how many more times that would have happened if it were not for our team, and we were only responsible for one page; of course, it was the homepage - the first page you see. An important page. Even outside of work, I was a someone who worked for Amazon. Now I am just another retired old lady. Of course there are silver linings and of course I don't dwell on the negative.
What do I enjoy?
I love that Sunday is a day to relax with no dread of another stressful week. I love that Monday is just another day.
I love that I don't have to worry about being at my desk at a specific time. Yes, I am fairly predictable; up at much the same time each morning, but I don't have to be. If by chance I sleep in for any extra 30 minutes, it doesn't mean I have to miss my workout, it just means that starts a little later.
I love that I don't have to wait for the weekend to take care of some task, I have time to do whatever I want, whenever I want.
I love that I do not have to deal with the bullying tyrants that drove me out of Amazon. That stress has lifted completely. My shoulder is repaired and almost pain free and I finally sleep well.
I no longer forget what day it is. I am working on my book, it is slow going but I am making progress. Every so often I return to one, or more, of the Masterclasses just to make sure I am on the right path. When I am not actually writing, my mind is still working on the story. I was beginning to feel guilty about not working on it enough. All of my Masterclass authors specified how important it is to treat it like a job then I realized, it is their job; it is not mine. For me writing is a hobby. I don't expect to be famous or make a fortune. I just want to write. Therefore, it should be on my terms. Once I realized that, the story started to flow more easily. But I only sit down and write when I feel like it. After all, I am retired!
At least twice a week we go out in the boat in the early morning. Most evenings we fish off the dock and watch the sun set over the lake. Occasionally I work on my embroidery in the afternoon - and of course I punctuate my week with indulging myself with my blog.
When my husband and I got vaccinated we planned a few days in Las Vegas in September. I was really looking forward to that. This week we canceled it due to the rising alarm with the Delta variant and concern at the low vaccination numbers. We decided it just wasn't worth the risk. We are hoping to go to Seattle for Christmas, but we are holding off booking until we see which way the virus jumps next.
Sadly, I suspect the anti-vaxxers will all have to get the virus and pass away in order to make the world a safe place, or relatively safe again.