What just happened!!
I just woke up and it was a few minutes past 9. That's 9AM! I don't sleep in, ever. I get up at somewhere between 5 and 6 in the morning, no alarm, just my body clock. I usually got ready for work and got to work somewhere around 7:30AM. Lately I've been using that time, while Joe slept, to exercise and catch up on emails.
But this morning it was 9AM.
I've lost so much of the day!
But, and this is weird, I feel very rested.
Like I'd had a good sleep.
Is this what retirement feels like?
Is this what owning time feels like?
Years ago I did a consultation at a group home for teenagers, an idea that is shocking, and was met by staff who were universally furious that the girls who lived there were hard to get up on weekend mornings. They had chores to do, they had routines to follow, and they were LAZY. I listened and suggested that they simply leave them alone, adjust the weekend schedule to be more flexible and let them get up on their own time.You'd thought I was an alien by the way they reacted.
THOSE SCHEDULES HAVE BEEN IN PLACE FOR YEARS!
I actually had to go and write the recommendations down, get them signed by a psychologist, train the supervisor and train the staff in a weekend routine that let those kids sleep in.
I did all that as someone who never slept in, ever.
And now I think of them, and I get it!
Feels great to sleep and get up when you wake up.
No nothing at all.
9AM! Maybe I am turning into an alien as "Retired Dave" seems to be taken over.