Before you get to your Daily schetchle…
One of the amazing values in retirement is the awakening process. You know, the process between when you begin to enter a coherent state, and when you are upright and doing things.
Sometimes I lay in bed until 8 am relaxing, thinking, gratituding, planning my amazing day, or adjusting my previously created today plan for my new amazing day plan.
There is still the possibility of waking up at 6:30 (on my own accord) and getting up to tackle a project around the house, or on the computer, or digging into something I love—tackling a passion…then realizing it’s 9am already—what I now understand is “the zone.”
The ability to be engrossed in a passion task from the first moments I awake with no work actions required. It’s priceless.
To be clear, most days I do not jump straight into any project. I definitely do the gratituding, right after I get my sleep and waking numbers logged. You gotta love technology. I then have my routine of making green tea, prepping my oatmeal, then grabbing something to read and heading to my “commute” (spa).
After the spa, I make sure to write down anything I wanted to move towards (towards is an important clarification, because to the is not quite accurate) the top of my tasks. Sometimes I take on a few of these items or at least prep them, such as putting the material/tools/resources into a staging location. I may sit down at my PC and look at some stuff for a while (that’s a technical timeframe of—as long as I want).
I normally have my workout for the day lined up (Gym, Bike, Run, Swim, or Hockey) and they often start between 9 and 11 for about 90 min. After that, I do some tasks before running out of my main energy/drive by 3 or 4 when I sit at my office PC or couch laptop and so some computing. Then I might turn the TV on, often in the background around 5. If I’m smart, I’ll watch Curiosity Stream or Kanopy and learn things, especially if I chose to pay attention. There’s almost nothing worse than the stupid shows network TV throws at Americans to shrink brains. I still cannot wrap my head around watching game shows.
So, typical days definitely start off with an amazing mental state of gratitude and amazement. This mentality makes so much of my day better. I think it also helps me interact with others. This may explain so of my new desire to be better. Since things are good for me/us, I want to do good for others. I do good now, but more better is better.
Wrapping up my day with a nice go-to-bed-whenever-I-want time and to help me fall asleep better, I think about how wonderful my day has been. Even on bad days, I find days are so much better in FIRE.
*** Nothing in this article is to be construed as financial advice. I am not a financial planner, nor do I pretend to be. You should always consult your own professional when seeking advice. This post is not a piece of literary mastery, just a random thought I had.