The end of Summer and the beginning of fall bring mood changes for me. They always have. I think about the butterflies I had in my stomach every year at this time. (1st grade through high school) As soon as the fall issue of TV Guide (which I looked forward to, so I could plan my after homework watching of the new shows) hit the newsstands, it was a signal the carefree days were coming to the end. The Miss America Pageant (pre-Trump) was always a fixture on tv Labor Day weekend as was Jerry Lewis’ Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. What kid doesn’t love summer?! It is a time of long days, long nights, few demands, no hard core schedules, anxiety free and just plain wonderful. September is back to business, like clockwork bringing with it a quick drop in temperatures (please may that happen this fall! Sick of humidity and heat!), a more serious air, a determination to make things happen, to accomplish goals, objectives, and stop procrastinating. (my tax extension that seemed months and months away is almost upon me and reality hits that the IRS is calling!)
When you are retired the end of summer has a different meaning. Other people are preparing to get back to business and you’re left out! Even though I have a regimen and my days are filled, I am on perpetual time off mode. I have no one to answer to, but me. Since I worked part time last fall at my old company, this will be my first fall without a return to the work world. I know that I must keep my pace, stay busy, continue to fill my days with an itinerary, a plan. If I don’t I will lose momentum, sink into a feeling of despondency, and make my family miserable! So with a little CBD oil (a topic for another post!) the right attitude, a positive upbeat me, I am ready for my favorite season. I married in the fall, my two daughters were born in the fall, apple picking, gorgeous color changes, a need for a light jacket or sweater, sleeping with the windows open, the Jewish Holidays, a time of rebirth and renewal. I see the fall as that time far more than the new year on the calendar. So with the right attitude, I will move forward, I will find my new pace, and be mindful that no one can make me feel better, but me. If I feel a little nostalgic or melancholy, it’s okay, but I won’t allow myself to wallow. Make plans, schedule get togethers with friends who were at the beach all summer, and know that every season brings with it an opportunity to make things happen!
. Seasonal change means many things depending on what phase of life you are in. Make new memories, new plans, try not to get swept up in the way life was pre-retirement.
. Remember people are looking at you as though you’ve got it made! You planned, you saved, you picked your exit! Make the most of it this fall. Go bake that cobbler that you never had time to make!
Enjoy the ride
xox Barclay and Joy