I’ve had a lot of time to think and do what I want to do without the pressure of working at a job for 4 solid months. I have to tell you, I am loving the freedom I have now!

In the past, I have fantasized about how wonderful it would be to retire from my job and spend my time doing what I want to do. This first taste of what retirement will be like is as wonderful as I had imagined. I still get up early, 6am at the latest. But it is because I want to, because I love mornings. The world is quiet and the coffee tastes best first thing in the morning.

How about a hobby?
I got my first bike when I was 10 years old. The drawing above is from memory of that bike, drawn in 2008. My bike was my transportation, my freedom, and my independence. I rode it all over town. I rode every chance I got. I loved my bike more than all my other toys combined. Once I started working, I bought a car and sadly, my bike was forgotten and eventually given away. Now that I have no job and lots of free time, guess what? I bought a new bike! :)

I have re-discovered my love of bicycling. I am not a pro-bicycler. I don’t wear the Spandex bike clothing and I don’t push myself to the point of exhaustion. I wear comfortable clothes and I ride at my own pace. I usually take a snack and a bottle of water with me. I stop and take frequent breaks in beautiful city parks. It is the most fun I’ve had in years!

Bottom line:
At this point in my life, my time is my own and I’m enjoying every minute.

Now go take on the day.

Peace, out.

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  1. Hi Duane, this post made me smile. It's so nice to hear you are enjoying your time. I hope I can be as upbeat and appreciative about life as you are when it comes time for me to retire. Also, biking is an awesome hobby--I wish I could do it more. My hope is to get back into rollerblading soon, and maybe eventually biking again too.

  2. Hi Jessica,
    Thanks for your comments. Hmmm, rollerblading sounds interesting, too! :)

  3. Make the most of it Duane! A job will appear before you know it an ruin the fun!

    1. Hi Jeff,
      Hahahaha! You are so right! :)
      Cheers mate,

  4. No pink or bright green spandex?! Good move says I! I too am glad to read that you are enjoying your retirement preview. If things keep heading the way they are where I work, I may be joining you! Hoo-rah!

    1. Hi Lizzy,
      Thanks for your support. I don't wish for anybody to lose their job but if it happens, make the most of it. Hoo-rah! :)
      Peace, Duane