To a degree, this December holiday season was an experiment to see how far our new found early retirement time and energy could carry us. I really do love spending time with family and friends around the holidays, and I really do enjoy going to holiday plays and concerts. I also really delight in doing lots of holiday cooking, baking and entertaining. On paper, our December plans all looked very fun and exciting. What I failed to see, however, was how much time and energy all of these activities were going to cumulatively take. As a result, I didn't block out any days for us to simply hang around the house and recover. A big mistake I now see.
Achieving balance does seem to an ongoing challenge for me. I frequently bite of just a bit more than I can comfortably chew. None of which is likely news to my dear husband - after all, he's lived with me for over 30 years already, bless his heart.
We leave this weekend for five days of RV'ing R&R at San Elijo State Beach, and I am looking forward to this get away immensely. Our plans include lots of hiking and biking, but also time to simply enjoy reading by the bluffs overlooking the ocean, and watching classic holiday DVD's in our trailer after dark. The irony of having to go away to relax is not lost on this early retiree, however, when we return, we will hopefully do so completely renewed and restored, ready to happily throw ourselves into the remaining homestretch of this year's holiday season.
So, while I remain very, very thankful for this life we're living, I'm learning that even in early retirement there are limits. Next time around I'll work to dial things back just a bit . . . scouts honor Mike!
|Mike looks merry at a recent holiday party, but I'm thinking I simply look tired!|