Quality of Life

Some people fear retirement years with trepidation. They worry about what they will do when they no longer have to get up and go to work. My own retirement happened six months ago, and now I am beginning to understand what some of my friends said about being busier in retirement than when they were working. Initially, I avoided assuming too many new activities. With writing and singing in the choir, my days are quite full. Travel and sewing will have to take a back seat for now. All in due course.

These days I am grateful for the sun, the park and lake and for friends and family. Quality of life is very important. Perhaps in the hustle and bustle of my 48 year teaching career and rearing our two children, I did not often take the time to slow down and savor each of life’s moments. Now I do. I wonder why we don’t take more time for ourselves, for hobbies and leisure pursuits? As I told my students many times: we all have the same 24 hours per day.

If I feel like taking a break, I do. Life is too short. Music now takes a big chunk of my time with rehearsals and singing at funerals as well as regular weekly occasions. I have also learned to be gentle with myself too. If I don’t accomplish everything I set out to do, it is ok to put it off for another day and time. No one is observing me, grading me or telling me what to do and when. When our children were young, our daughter would sometimes be indignant when I told her to do something she didn’t feel like doing. She would adamantly utter: “Hmmpf. You’re not the boss of me.” I smiled inwardly when she was so eloquent at such an early age.

This week I will share with you some photos by the lake as we walked there when it was warmer than normal. Overnight, it seems the ice cover on the lake melted so that the eerie shot of log seemingly on top of the water (it was on the ice) had disappeared and the ice along with it. Nature is alive now with swarms of Canada geese returning. Some ash trees were felled due to an infestation of the emerald ash borer beetle. I was sad to see them disappear and the shade they afforded as well. New trees will soon be planted in their place.

Life is good. I am satisfied with my lot. It is time to smell those roses now. And music soothes the soul.


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20 Responses to Quality of Life

  1. Emily says:

    Wonderful blog. I really enjoyed reading it! So well
    written and such great pictures. I’m glad you have
    been able to have a relaxed lifestyle and enjoy leisure
    activities. You’ve certainly earned it!

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  2. Congratulations on your retirement and enjoy! I can feel the peace and contentment just shining from your words and images.

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  3. Annika Perry says:

    What a wonderful peaceful post and you are definitely bringing the full attention to enjoying your retirement! 😀 Your days still sound so busy full of creative helpfulness but glad you take moments here to pause to enjoy the nature and beauty around you ( well, apart from the felled ash trees. Very sad.). My mother says she’s never been so busy since she retired but she does enjoy not having an alarm every morning and long breakfasts watching the birds feed whilst eating in the conservatory.

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    • Thank your for your insightful comment. I can relate to NO alarm clock to awaken me as your mother now does. When I have to use one, I am usually awake well before which is annoying. I am enjoying retirement and trying to savor the delight’s of nature in addition to my writing. I will get to the award nomination too, but it will simply take longer. I love watching and listening to the neighborhood birds as well. I am finally at peace after long years of pushing myself professionally. It is an earned retirement. Of that I am certain! Happy writing to you and your novel as well.

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  4. It’s true that retirement can be so BUSY! I was scooped up into the volunteer community and feel as though I had more free time when I worked 50 hours a week. Ha ha. Your advice to slow down is important and I really need to listen 🙂 Thanks.


    • I tried to not involve myself in too much. Little did I realize that singing in a church choir means several times per week. Then, of course, there is my writing. My friends all report being busier in retirement than when they were working. I am trying hard to avoid that feeling, but quite truthfully, while I am busy these days, I am also relaxed and happy. Some days when I awaken, I have to think hard what day it is. Hahaha.

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      • Isn’t that wonderful not to know what day it is. I get confused too, and my husband is no help, he tells me it’s the wrong day. 😀

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      • Little reminders on the computer are helpful plus the newspaper for a given day. We both have tear off calendars but don’t always remember to tear them off. We recycle them as notes when a phone call comes. That’s a blog topic if I ever heard one. Confusion about the Day! Thanks for the comment.

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  5. My mom retired and she always tells me that she just doesn’t really feel like doing anything. She writes…and shops. that’s about it! I think that’s why we work so hard all our lives–so we can enjoy life later.


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    • Thanks for visiting and for the comment, Stephanie. We all need to slow down and enjoy life as much as we can. I agree and hopefully your mother has fun writing and shopping. I know I do. Happy blogging to you!


  6. This post made me long for the future and my own retirement. Dee

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    • Following through with my decision was tough. So was returning to work when my children were born. I am glad I was a teacher. Thanks, Dee. Your time will come. One day at a time. 🙂


  7. Tom says:

    Keep enjoying those little moments. Savoring nature, leisure and music for your soul. I’m happy to see you smiling in retirement.

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  8. Arno Bode,cologne,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,wieder ein fazinierender Bericht,der aus dem Herzen spricht.Eine weise Erkenntnis zum Leben und eine gefühlvolle Interpretation deiner Empfindungen.Ich glaube,je mehr ich von Deinen Veröffenlichungen kennen lerne,um so mehr wirst Du zu meiner literarischen Lieblingsautorin .Ich bin von Deinen Darstellungen sehr berührt und begeistert.Ich freue mich schon jetzt auf jede weitere Veröffenlichung von Dir.Deine Beiträge sind eine enorme Bereicherung bei der Menge der täglich neu erscheinenden Informationen.Ich sage ganz einfach Danke dafür.Liebe Grüße ,Dein Arno.

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    • Your comment deeply touched me. If I am becoming your favorite author, I suppose it is time to write another book. 🙂 You are an astute reader who understands my purpose and intent in writing. Thank you for such an insightful comment. Have a blessed Holy Week ahead in this Easter season.


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