I went back to work on the 14th of March after 3 months away. Saturday was my first day off in 11 days. Two of those days at a weekend seminar. I think I slept 75% of the weekend. It was great.
I woke up at 5 am this morning feeling refreshed and ready to go. Our society today seems to relish busyness. Not business, busyness. "Oh, I'm so busy!" Does it make us feel more relevant? Is it just the fact that taking down time makes us feel lazy? Has it just happened to us without us knowing it? Probably all of the above.
For me, I have had times in my life when I was super busy. This past two weeks for example and it just makes me tired and worn out. Unable to really enjoy anything.
I am not looking forward to "retirement" per se. I am looking forward to a time when I dictate how my time is spent. In the ideal world, I would spend a weekend a month travelling somewhere to speak, then enjoy that place for a couple days, then go home and enjoy Florida. Writing, going to the beach, playing with my grandchildren and children, etc. . .
There is always something that must be done. Take the time to rest, breath and evaluate your priorities. Say no when what is asked of you doesn't fit into your life. People would rather you say no than not show up, or show up tired and resentful.
Fantasizing the freedom to live life to the fullest and rest regularly.