Daily Journal: Saturday, 22 April 2017

Woke up, drank some orange juice, then went back to bed. Some days I just want to be a retired person without a daily agenda. Later in the day I found myself texting with a friend and feeling anxious because the conversation was mainly a critique of what I’ve seen and where I was planning to visit. I explained that I was first a retired person who happens to be living in Europe and traveling. Enjoying my retirement is my primary objective. If I choose to make a trip somewhere, then that is what I will do. For me, retirement is doing what I want to do. Working for a company or being a volunteer – I had obligations to others. Now, my only obligation is to myself. I do what I want to do. Later, at a time of my choosing, I may want a part-time job or take on a volunteer position. First, I need to figure out what I want to do. Okay – think I’ve made myself clear. Good to put this in writing.

Chicken Soup

Homemade chicken broth, then add: chicken, carrots, celery, egg noodles, and seasoning.

Today, I did not want to work out at the gym. The only thing I wanted to do was make another batch of chicken noodle soup for dinner and enjoy a Star Trek movie later in the evening. Somewhere in the middle of this, I wanted to continue to explore some places to visit over the next few months, which I did. My majorĀ “a-ha” moment was a commitment to drive a car in Ireland – possible all the way around the island. Before today, it was just an idea. Now I’m getting serious. Was concerned about driving on the other side of the road and where the steering wheel and stick shift were located, but now I have no concerns. I’m just going to do it. There is also a stretch of road in Scotland that I’d like to try as well.

Now to figure out what I’m doing in May. I have confirmed plans to stay in Sharm El-Sheikh, another Red Sea resort. Then to Dubrovnik (Croacia) and Larnaca (Cypres) before being in Dublin by the first of June where I have a confirmed Airbnb reservation for the month of June through the first couple of weeks in July.


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