When Jorge and I were younger, we packed a lot into every day. During the first years of our college’s operation, we did everything that needed doing. We balanced the books, paid the bills and did our level best to keep the Dept. of Education satisfied with us. We taught several classes each, organized activities for our students, attended educational fairs and recruited in the high schools. We managed the correspondence and if the janitor didn’t show up, we cleaned the floors and bathrooms. We also raised our two children during those years and kept up with friends and family. We rarely had a spare moment.
That lifestyle became a habit – one we had some difficulty breaking. For quite a while, when we didn’t have to do anything, we felt useless, and we’d find something to do.
We are still advisors at TTT, but we don’t go in every day. Our renewed effort to win the Battle of the Bulge has us making time again for regular exercise – I am back walking at the Stadium with my friend Kathy and Jorge enjoys swimming. We both read a lot, I paint a bit and we have discovered Netflix! We go to the market together and we love spending time with Andres, Maggie’s corgi. Soon our son Carlos and his family will be living in Merida and we look so forward to being doting abuelitos.
The other day I told Jorge it seems like we have we have gone full circle – this winter, we’ll be leading a bus full of people on a 12 day trip from Merida to San Miguel de Allende. This is what we did when we were first married!
The transition from a fulltime, fully-engaged work schedule to a softer, more gentle life of leisure has not exactly been smooth. We each had different ideas about what these “golden years” should involve and sometimes we have driven each other crazy.
It has been a process, but little by little, we are getting the hang of this retirement thing.