My first thought when I wake up is, "What day is it?" After I sort that out and the fog begins to lift, I think about appointments and/or plans I've made for the day. It's definitely better than waking up to an alarm clock and rushing into the shower and off to work. I did enjoy teaching but have done that. I don't even have any part-time jobs now and embrace a life of leisure.
Some of the things I've enjoyed doing and will continue to do are:
Reading for pleasure.
Meeting friends for lunch in the MIDDLE OF THE DAY DURING THE WEEK!!
Relaxing and enjoying Sunday nights.
Staying up and sleeping late since I'm a natural night owl.
Being available to see my children and grandchildren more often.
Not grading papers!
Having a rotator cuff that has healed now that I don't write on the board and carry a heavy book bag every day.
Not worrying about what I say. (It's a teacher thing.)
Taking up new hobbies.
Auditing classes at universities free.
Shopping, running errands, visiting during week days.
Doing what I want to.
And then there's this wonderful freedom ...
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