A tree with pink flowers in my backyard.
I agreed with David when he said, “Thank God I don’t have a stressful job. I like it here. It meets my needs.”
That sums up what our retirement amounts to.
We seem to have no ambition, because our careers are over. No longer are we climbing up to the pinnacle of success, striving for some lofty goal. No, we are now coasting downhill, appreciating the fruits of our labor.
We simply take each day as it comes, extracting as much joy from our home as possible. Since we spend so much time in this house, we notice the defects. Hence, our many renovations this year.
Still to come are the installation of wallpaper in Lisa’s room and our dining area, the installation of a new air conditioner in Lisa’s room, and the power washing of the patio and house.
The holidays are upon us. We hope our guests like our improvements.
Each day, we try to have something to do. For example, Monday we dined at Gyotaku and had a nice Japanese lunch. Today, we will shop at Costco. Wednesday, we will see the exhibits at the Contemporary Art Museum and have lunch there. Thursday, we will shop at Target. Friday, David will participate in a focus discussion group and earn $75 in cash. Saturday, we will watch UH football.
We also attend the Hawaii Symphony concerts. Two concerts are coming up this month.
For exercise, David goes to the gym every night and swims 20 laps in the indoor pool. Me? I just do house work.
So, you see, this is what retirement means to us. We are not rich by any means, but we live well. At least, we think so.