No, not me…the Old Guy, my newly retired hubby who recently turned 66…HE’s off to the gym. Every morning, you can set your clock by him. Out the door by 9:00 a.m. – walking up the street to join the rest of the retirees, housewives and non 9-to-5ers who are lucky enough to spend their mornings plugging in their earbuds and “pounding it on the treadmill”. That’s what the hubs calls it. While he’s pounding it and cranking weights, I’m at my desk solving the travel problems of one small piece of the corporate world and thinking about my next blog post. What the heck?
Here’s why this is such an interesting phenomenon. Until three months ago, his main source of physical exertion (besides getting out of bed in the morning) was walking up and down the stairs to his office, doing the cocktail hour arm lift and bending over to pick up the remote when it fell. Oh, and the once a year trip with his lifelong buds (other Old Guys) when they get together to hike and play as many rounds of golf as possible in three days. Other than that – nada.
So, what’s the deal? Retirement. It’s that simple. He is a new man. He is HAPPY and he is relaxed and he has a whole lot of time on his hands. Hours and hours and hours. As the Chief Entertainment Officer (CEO) in our house, I have to admit I was more than a little concerned when retirement suddenly struck. My office is upstairs and that part of the house was immediately designated off limits from 8am-4pm. He’s handled it surprisingly well and I am thrilled to discover this seemingly new ability to entertain himself.
Here’s to Old Guys Learning New Tricks – knowing how to let go of the past and move on to new adventures. Here’s to the fine art of learning how to fill all of the hours that used to be your working day with activities that are healthy and entertaining and new. Now, if only he’d take a sudden interest in running the vacuum. He tried it once, but it takes away from his gym time.