Even though I’ve just gone through a major transition in my retirement, I’ve started to wonder if I should change the direction of my blog! Many of the bloggers whom I follow have started to go heavily into prompted posts and challenges. They will do monthly posts on books read, things cooked, what they are wearing, or apply the “currently” verb prompts. They will do a weekly photo challenge or what-happened-this-week weekend share. My life is just not that interesting! I doubt anyone is interested in my quite pedestrian reading habits, my photography is amateur at best, and my less-than-gourmet cooking is certainly nothing to emulate. My weeks are not full of photo-worthy walks, art creation, nor exciting day trips. [Yes, there is a bit of Compare & Despair going on here. Maybe more than a bit!]
I have used my blog to share my learning about transitioning from being a pessimistic, judgmental workaholic to living a retirement lifestyle that makes me happy (most days). I share both the ups and downs of this (ongoing) transition and daily trying to live the retirement lifestyle I’ve envisioned, because I have found that this sharing, especially the downs, allows us all to feel we are not alone in the feelings or the journey.
I found a definition of purpose recently that really resonated. [Feeling like I have a Life Purpose has been an on-going challenge for me in retirement.] Paraphrased here:
- If there is something you love to do — write, solve technical problems or cook — that is likely one of the gifts you need for your purpose. When you combine that gift with your passions/interests and values, there is the best indicator of your life purpose.
So, I am going to accept I find purpose through sharing my retirement lifestyle message with others through writing. That my blog will keep sharing the ups and downs of living my envisioned retirement lifestyle, the things I learn to make retirement life more satisfying, and tools to make choices, to kick start habits, or to help others identify and create their own retirement lifestyle. I might mention my tracking tools for books read and new recipes tried, but I don’t think I’m going to join in those prompted blog link ups. I’ll keep reading others who are following a different direction, too often adding to my too-long-already books to be read list, but also often being inspired to try something new.
And in the realm of sharing, this week I consciously focused on the positive, activating some things that have been on my to-do list too long, writing a “50 things I’m happy about right now” list (made it to 35), and getting outside to walk multiple days. It was a much better week – from wandering a local farmers market (masked), to gazing at the blue moon, to buying ponytail palms for my portico pots, to getting a new dining room chandelier installed. I’ve been able to downplay the anxiety from the news and find a more positive outlook (even with too much Compare & Despair going on still!).
What did you find to enjoy in your week?
Picture Credit: me, from a beach walk this week.