Why do I think that after six months of retirement, I should have my act together? A routine I’m comfortable with? A balance between productivity and rest?

After all, I looked forward to retirement for several years before I actually closed the door of my classroom for the final time in June. My teaching career gave me every summer to putter and relax., and I guess I expected retirement to be an endless summer. But now I’m officially retired, I worry about the days I’m still in my robe and slippers at nine or ten o’clock in the morning, bed unmade, laundry not started. Am I puttering too much? What about those days when I go-go-go?

Why do I expect being a retiree to be an instant adjustment?

I’m a fledgling retiree. I have lots of experience living, but this new season feels both exhilarating and intimidating. I relish my new freedom but worry I’ll squander it.

According to The Spruce,

Fledglings are capable of flying but don’t yet have a lot of practice, so they may seem clumsy or reluctant to fly…As they practice, however, they will quickly gain more skill for smoother, more coordinated flight.

Yes, I am capable of flying. But I don’t have a lot of practice in this new season. Those clumsy days don’t hurt anything. They provide opportunities to see what I like and what I don’t.

Today I surrender to being a fledgling. A whole new world stretches before me, waiting. And I have all the time there is to explore it, enjoy it, and make it mine.

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