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Sittin’ Doin’ Nothin’

All photos taken on September 1, 2022.

Most people tend to feel guilty if they are simply sittin’ doin’ nothin’, but after almost 8 years of retirement for me and almost 5 for Patty, we have come to terms with this strange phenomenon. We have also answered the question, “If you are retired, does it still feel good to go away on a vacation?” I mean, retirement is already a vacation, right?

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Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

11 thoughts on “Sittin’ Doin’ Nothin’

  1. The photographs were lovely. I have no guilt about doing nothing. I am on line or writing four hours a day and that is all I do and then I am cooking or spending time with my husband. Enjoy your sweetie. Sending hugs to you two. 🤗🦋

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    1. Hi Joni. It took me more than a year after retirement to stop treating it like it was a job. Now that is winter, afternoon coffee time is my sittin’ doin’ nothin’ time. Thanks for the hugs. Right back at you both. Allan 🤗❄️

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  2. First, I think “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” is your song! Second, no shame about doing nothing! The human body was not meant to be overworked only to rest in your golden years. This is one reason I love being an entrepreneur. I set my terms

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    1. Lake, ocean or bay. I am good for sitting on a dock or on a chair, I will sit anywhere. Sorry, got a little Dr. Suess-y. All my working life, it was go, go , go. I have no problem with taking time for me. Thanks for reading. Allan

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  3. I am still working on learning to sit and do nothing. It doesn’t come easy as there always seems to be so much to do still. I think I am getting closer to learning. As always such stellar photos. Bernie

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    1. It does take time, that is true and there are still moments when I have a flurry of projects to handle and just get them done. Glad to hear you are getting more at ease for moments of non busy. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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  4. It’s been a while since I added any new images to my Sittin’ Doin’ Nothin’ files. This reminds me of all the unpublished ones I still have gathering digital dust. The water is magical, from the colour and reflections to those hypnotic ripples.

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    1. I highly recommend sittin’ doin’ nothin’. Some might call it being present or in the moment. Sounds so much better than being lazy 😊😊Thanks for reading and take a look at getting some of your SDN photos out there. Cheers. Allan

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