Friday, October 18, 2013

What Will You Do With Your Time?

Found this on and thought it was worth sharing. As a new retiree, I am having a bit of a struggle with the question.

On the one hand, the days are never long enough to do all the things I want to get done. On the other hand, are the things I want to do really the things I should want to be doing?

 I'm having a lot of what I consider fun: Reading, puttering around the house (which is looking and functioning better than ever, by the way), cooking and baking new recipes, canning and freezing produce from the garden, playing with my camera, reading, reading, reading, watching TV ...  Starting today, I intend to learn to draw, using a book on the subject that has been waiting on my shelf for two decades (Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain). With hands that can no longer handle wheel-thrown clay, I am toying with the idea of taking up hand-built pottery and building a Raku kiln in the back yard.

My family seems to think I need to be volunteering, taking classes, and that any artistic efforts should be goal oriented. They prod me to join things, sign up, enter shows and competitions.

When I was younger, I spent nearly all my free time as a volunteer for one thing or another, usually in an all-consuming  leadership/organizer position. I feel I've paid my dues on that front. I'm happy learning new things from books and videos, at my own pace and in my own time. And I was apparently born without a competition gene.

Still, it is uncomfortable when they ask, "Are you working on any projects? Joined any clubs? What are you doing with yourself? You should get together with So-and-So, I'm sure they'd hook you up with their group".

I thought I had left performance reviews behind. But it seems I am currently Not Meeting Expectations.

Should I care?


Rambling Woods said...

I too did that, but being sick let me off the hook for others expectations... You have paid your dues and it is your time.... They will have to adjust to your retirement too..

MyMaracas said...

Thanks, Michelle! I agree, but I still feel guilty somehow for not having the retirement they think I should have. I hope we all get over it soon. LOL

Linda Myers said...

Whatever uou want. Whatever you want!

MyMaracas said...

Thanks, Linda - I'll tell 'em you said so!

EG CameraGirl said...

It's your life. I think you need to do what you need to do. :)

MyMaracas said...

EG, I think so too. I just need to learn how to feel less defensive about it, maybe.