I had many responses to my last blog post about transitioning to retirement. I was surprised. It seems I am not the only one who has an interest in this topic. Folks also wanted to share their own experiences of retirement. Transitions show up in many more ways than just the big ones like retirement, having children etc. There always seems to be another one coming around the corner.
I have been chugging along trying to make sense of things for myself, much as we all do. I have been working part time at a knitting shop which has come to an end. I am enjoying not having a regular schedule even as it is a bit unsettling. My plan is to use the time to completely immerse myself in my creative ventures.I realized I will only have a couple weeks to try this out as I am away at the end of October for three weeks. With all the things I’m doing I do wonder how I used to fit in work? I think now I simply take more time to do things.
I have been reading a book about retirement, “Revitalizing Retirement” by Nancy K. Schlossberg which suggests that we all need to matter and when we retire from our work life it can be a challenge to feel this as often we get that from our work. This looks different for everyone pf course and it may take some time to figure out. I keep telling myself to give myself a year to figure things out but then expect to be settled in a couple of days. What funny creatures we are.
I have also been reading War of Art by Steven Pressfield. It has been on the back burner for a long time. It has been so helpful. He talks about resistance being our biggest issue as creative people. He also speaks about the muses but mostly about the importance of sitting down and doing the work. I try to do this but this book gave me an extra boost. So on to songs to write and stories to tell. As always I encourage you to participate in your own creative life! Don’t let it pass you by!
Yours in creativity and music,