One of the things I’m beginning to appreciate most of all about retirement is the amount of time I now have to do other things rather than work. Don’t get me wrong I loved my work, well mostly! I met some terrific people along the way, but it deprived me of quality time with my family and stopped me doing other things I love, like learning about the universe and losing myself in a good book.
So thanks to an increased amount of free time I now find myself once per week attending aqua-fit with my wife and daughter which translates to a 45 minute intensive workout half submerged with around 20 other ladies of various ages all in swimsuit attire at our local leisure centre.
To be totally transparent there is usually at least one other male, sometimes two, accompanying me in our mutual journey to fitness and health. I can’t tell you what fun it is to perform rocking horse, frog leaps, ski cross country, running on the spot, races to the side of the pool and other manoeuvres in such company and the benefits accruing in terms of waistlines and general wellbeing.
In terms of learning about the universe I love attending the local astronomy club here in Abergavenny each month although it seems largely about astrophysics rather than amateur observing but that hasn’t stopped me getting a Celestron travel telescope and binoculars to observe the solar system and watching lectures like Stephen Hawking on quantum black holes via youtube!
I still like dabbling with technology and the house is now “flood-wired” with 5 echo dots, an Echo and Echo Plus, numerous smart plugs and wifi enabled LED bulbs controlled by Alexa, my iMac in the den where I write this blog is framed behind with bias lighting on LED strips too!
All this freedom has resulted in me reading again, not just endless repeat reads of John RR Tolkien‘s “Lord of the Rings”, but new adventures with George RR Martin‘s “Game of Thrones” series (strange how they both have middle initials of R. R.) as well as non-fiction astrophysics reading like Carlo Rovelli‘s “Reality Is Not What It Seems” on quantum gravity. It really is full circle for me now for sure…
A great man once told me “the definition of madness is continuing to do exactly the same things and expecting a different outcome”. Made me think for sure! 🙂