I wake up most mornings, weekend or not at around 6:30, usually with an alarm. Most of the time I’ll lay there for 20 minutes, reading my phone – psyching myself up for the coming day. I took this past Friday off to play 18 holes of golf, do a bit of housework and go to watch some horse races (pretty good day, right?). Knowing I had the day off, and my tee-time wasn’t until 9:30 the next morning, I had stayed up late reading a book I wanted to finish (I am working my way through the Dresden Files).
Having almost nothing to do the next day, my morning played out as it normally does, with me being wide awake at 6:00 in the morning with no alarm and ready to go for the day. I normally don’t take a random Friday off, to do something locally with no real schedule (beyond the tee time for a course that was 20 minutes away). The weird sort of energy I got on waking up with about an hour and half less sleep than I was planning on was nice.
The main question I get when I tell people what my financial plans are is “What will you do?”. My father, who retired at age 60 last year, but has a similar personality as I do is having trouble finding free time with his day – he’s so busy with various projects around the house. He wonders where he found the time to get done as much as he did when he was working, which was taking up close to 11 hours a day with commuting included in his day.
My current retirement countdown (to my 45th birthday) stands at 3,831 days. While there are many things I would like to do and learn in the next decade, I look forward to 3,832 days when I can wake up and do whatever I want that day, much like my golf “hooky” day I had on Friday. The number of “prime-time” hours given to work is significant – working for 8.5 – 9 hours (factoring in the odd extra bit of time worked or commuting time) per day is usually when I would be most able to do the things that I like to do.
I’m hoping that in a decade, I will have the kind of energy like I had on Friday – seemingly boundless, mainly due to the fact that what I was going to do that day was 100% up to me.
Do you have those kind of days? If you’re retired, do they still exist?