Still, every morning I can get up as I please. I dress as I like. I set my own daily goals. My grandchildren will have many memories of me because I am with them a lot. It is not what I planned but it is not bad. My home is paid for, so all I must worry about are the taxes and maintenance. Ditto for my car. I get by.
What's more is that I finally have the time to do the things I have wanted to do all my life. Last year I published a book. This year I finished the genealogy of my father's family. I am teaching my grandkids how to think, how to write, and hopefully, how to put one foot in front of the other and just live. I have my own pottery studio and though a health problem interferes with my ability to use it often, I have kept it, and sometimes just sit there because it makes me happy to know that I finally mastered this craft I have loved all my life.
Retirement to me isn't traveling around, staying in hotels, or seeking adventure. It is feeling my own life deeply, being at no one's beck and call, and accomplishing things I value. Retirement is a kind of freedom - with an expiration date, I know, but still. So I do a little yoga, tend to my dogs, write a bit, maybe throw a pot or teach my granddaughter how to throw. I shop when the stores are not busy and read at my leisure. Life is good.