Life In The Fast Lane

When I retired, my life changed dramatically.  It didn’t get better or worse.  It just got different.  I had lived my whole adult life as a product of schedules, due dates, mental stress, meetings, and seminars.  I was never a big proponent of meetings.  I always felt the most successful meeting was the one they didn’t have.  Dale Dauten once said that “a meeting moves at the speed of the slowest mind in the room.  That means that all but one person is bored.”  I kind of believe that because I have been in some sleepers.  Seminars, on the other hand, are just long meetings.   Working for a corporation, they were big on seminars.  Someone was always training and everyone else was always being trained.  I would look around the room at all the horsepower and think to myself “it kind of shows you how many of us the business can keep running without.”

But I digress.  What is different now is that even without all that,  every day is full.  There is always something that needs to be done.  Not at all what I expected and here’s why.  The “to do’s” that face me today were there all along.  Lawns and shrubbery always needed attention.  Disposers clogged.  Pipes leaked.  Windows broke. Stuff always needed to be fixed, painted, built, or maintained.  Nothing has changed.  So how come now, all that seems so imposing.

I think I have it figured out, and it turns out that it was not that obscure.  The truth be known, it is because I no longer have an excuse NOT to do them.  That’s it.  As simple as that.  Now that my time is ‘ours’, the only schedule I have is the one I create.  I can do (or not do) whatever I decide, and remaining true to form, I can always find time to do the things I want to do.  The rest tend to fall deeper into the job jar.

Now that I don’t spend my days being important and ‘managery’.  Now that I am not preoccupied with all the other stuff that always came first, this is what is left.  These are my priorities now, like it or not.  This is what I do for a living.

It would appear I have come full circle.  It is like when I was back in school and the only things I had to worry about were my studies, a paper route, and a few lawns that I mowed. By and large, I had it good and I was happy.  And so I am today.  I won’t admit it to the better half, but I am pretty content.  I like my today’s. It’s kind of like the old joke about the wife that asks her husband what he is going to do today and he says “nothing.”  She says “you did that yesterday” and he replies “I wasn’t finished.  Well, I’m not finished either and probably never will be. It turns out I like my life just fine.  It gives me something to laugh at.

About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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7 Responses to Life In The Fast Lane

  1. bgbowers says:

    After all those years of working and schedules, you deserve this time to do as you please. I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying it. Some people struggle with retirement because they have no hobbies, all they’ve known is their work, and this is obviously not the case for you.


    • oldmainer says:

      When I first retired, I missed the feeling of authority. But I got over it pretty quickly. Life is too short to spend a lot of time worrying about who you are. Much more important to worry about what you are. Thanks for stopping by Bianca.


  2. sknicholls says:

    I retired early, and I write. My husband still works outside the home. I admit I get bored, not because I don’t have things to do, but because it is not all fun things to do. I will be glad when he retires. We will have more to do together…but I still think we will have to put fun things on the to do list.


  3. brucethomasw says:

    This post makes me look forward to retirement. Of course – even now that I’m still working I have all the excuses you talk about. I love your humor and your joy of living. It’s infectious.


  4. oldmainer says:

    Thanks Bruce. Life like wine tastes better when shared. Glad you liked it.


  5. Eva van Beek says:

    “I always felt the most successful meeting was the one they didn’t have” – it is exactly how I feel. I wish one could retire at 50…but nope have to keep running on for another while I guess. Enjoy your time!


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