I have to say I feel pretty "free" about living, knowing everything that is on the calendar was put there by me. My sleep schedule is totally not that of the typical senior citizen (although what IS typical?). Usually I stay up too late and sleep my 8-9 hours. I have turned into my parents having a S-L-O-W start with coffee and news and email and Facebook. And then my volunteer duties.
But I manage to pack in many fun things into most every day. A leisurely walk around the complex chatting with neighbors or just waving "hi" to them. Going to the library usually followed by a trip to a coffee shop to get a start on my book. Swimming and enjoying the Vitamin D poolside. Often there is an errand to run or household chores to accomplish. Call me crazy, but I even enjoy ironing!
My sister gave me a great book for my birthday last year (or was the two years ago ....) about living stronger, longer and happier (Master Class, by VP of Road Scholar, Peter Spieres). The 50+ crowd should evaluate our schedule to ensure we include physical, mental, social and creative activities. Some activities include all of these angles.
Mostly, I'm happier than I have any right to be. I hope it is because I found the best combination of hustle and bustle things and restorative things. It's time for me to add another creative outlet (besides cooking ... which I love!).
I'm an avid Facebook member and today's quote from Humans from New York just sums it up for me.
"I underestimated the pleasures of an unstructured life.”