I was interested to read Debbie Harris’ blog regarding ‘losing your mojo’ in retirement.
When we get to retirement age I expect we all wonder whether we should be kayaking, skydiving, bungee-jumping or whatever in order to make the most of the time we have left. However, in the natural progression of ageing, it’s quite common to feel that we ‘can’t be arsed’ and instead we might take the easy option of relaxing in our armchairs especially if our bodies don’t always do what we want them to do anymore.
Is there a right way or a wrong way to spend our retirement? I took early retirement in 2014 because of after-effects from thyroid cancer surgeries and radiotherapy treatments. However, by the summer of 2017 I was ready to go back to work for 2 or 3 days every week, as I felt somewhat better and still wanted to feel productive.
So in 2019 I’m still working at the hospital on Mondays and Thursdays and sometimes on Wednesdays too. Sam and I have taken up cycling, and go for long bike rides at weekends. It was hell at first, as I thought I’d never be able to get to the end of our street let alone cycle for an hour. However, my leg muscles have improved no end. It used to be painful for me to walk downhill, but now I have no trouble in doing this. We enjoy walking too, and take long walks in the Suffolk countryside and also when we’re over on the Isle of Wight.
I’m still writing, but at the moment feel I ‘can’t be arsed’ to do much. Summer is here, and I’d rather be outside. Sometimes I have to make myself sit at the computer and check all my social media sites. I’m doing less because at the moment I prefer to do other things. When the winter comes I’m happier to sit inside and type. I’d rather write when I’m in the mood to do so, instead of feeling that I have to write so many words a day to keep my brain active.
So I don’t think we ‘lose our mojos’ as such, we just tend to do what we prefer and leave the rest to another day when we feel more inclined. I’ll definitely have a go on Sam’s kayak this summer, but I’ll pass on bungee-jumping and skydiving!
Have you ‘lost your mojo’? Can you be arsed to do anything, or would you rather just watch TV? I think that whatever we do in retirement, we have to be happy doing it!