What’s your favorite way to spend a day off? If you’re retired, what’s something you now include in your schedule that you dreamed about while employed?
I am in a kind of between work and retirement limbo land. I am not old enough to claim the age pension but realistically it is unlikely that I will work again. I am required to either look for work or do volunteer work to claim social services. I volunteer at the local visitor centre once a week and I call it “work” although it is a lot of fun. The rest of the time is mine to do as I please so the concept of days off is a bit irrelevant to me these days. I don’t think that I’ve added anything to my schedule that I could only dream of when I worked. I could say blogging as I didn’t start until I was no longer working. However, when I was working I had never considered becoming a blogger. I’m not sure I even knew what a blog was.
Now that Covid isn’t so strictly monitored and folks can go out and about again, are you into after-work happy hours?
Do you mean at the pub? Not being at work I don’t have to wait till after hours to do that but in fact I don’t go to pubs to drink. Haven’t done that for over 20 years. I used to sometimes have a drink with my co-workers on a Friday afternoon when I was working at a hotel in Adelaide but never here in Tassie. Covid has really affected my life very little because many of the things we couldn’t do during Covid I either didn’t do anyway or wouldn’t have been able to because of my lack of transport even if there were no Covid.
What physical traits do you share with your relatives? (Example: I have my mother’s nose)
Naomi and I both have a mole in the exact same place on our faces.
How long does it take you to decide if you like someone or not?
It varies. Usually I try not to make a snap decision but some people I take to right away and others I don’t. However, I often find that the people I am not immediately attracted to become good friends over time.
Feel free to share some wisdom you live by.
I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about this sort of thing but here are a couple of thoughts.
I think that it is important to work but also to give yourself permission to have fun as well. I think it is important to have a life outside of work and chores. It doesn’t matter what it is, a hobby, sport, collecting something, travelling, reading. The important thing is that it brings you enjoyment.
I also think that if life is going well for you it’s good to give back or pay it forward in some way by doing something for others. Help out a friend or a family member, support a charity or a cause, volunteer in the community.
Lastly, don’t forget to appreciate the small things that make life pleasant. I was hanging out the washing this morning and I spotted a finch in the gum tree. It had lovely yellow feathers. It didn’t seem to notice me so I watched it for a while and noticed how well it blended into the colour of the leaves. I looked away to peg up another item and when I looked back it was gone.