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Old 01-28-2016, 01:21 AM
 
Location: RVA
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Actually, I was thinking the same thing. Still working, of course, but when I am on actual vacations I am always up no later than 7:00. Can't waste time sleeping, and my mind is excited with the day ahead. I hope retirement is the same, though I suspect not. I have a love hate relationship with sleep. I can sleep anytime anyplace, usually. I love to dream. But I love the quiet and solitude of the night, I think more clearly and creatively after a few hours sleep and and wake at 3:00am. Sleep steals living time from me. But from 5:00 to 7:00 I have to sleep, and when I'm tired, I love it.
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Old 01-28-2016, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Actually, I was thinking the same thing. Still working, of course, but when I am on actual vacations I am always up no later than 7:00. Can't waste time sleeping, and my mind is excited with the day ahead. I hope retirement is the same, though I suspect not. I have a love hate relationship with sleep. I can sleep anytime anyplace, usually. I love to dream. But I love the quiet and solitude of the night, I think more clearly and creatively after a few hours sleep and and wake at 3:00am. Sleep steals living time from me. But from 5:00 to 7:00 I have to sleep, and when I'm tired, I love it.
Excellent post. Just because we are retired doesn't mean we can't continue to look forward eagerly to things. Retaining enthusiasm for life is a great blessing. Sleeping in is a great treat, but doing it all the time makes it lose its "treat" status. Sort of like Sees Candies are a great treat, but having them three meals a day to the exclusion of all else would not be the ticket to happiness.

Getting up in the morning at times is such a minor negative compared to the joy of what we are getting up for. But, if there is nothing to look forward to eagerly, then there is no point to getting up in the morning. THAT would be profoundly depressing.
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Old 01-28-2016, 09:55 AM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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I can "look forward eagerly" to things that are happening later in the day....... or in the middle of the night


Getting up when I want is not a "treat" to me. It seems like a natural thing that couldn't be done when other people were depending on me. Freedom.


But then, I am not afraid of getting or being old, or of losing my enthusiasm for life.
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Old 01-28-2016, 05:04 PM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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Interesting thread....only use the alarm clock for early appointments...just for some off chance of over sleeping from a normal "get up and get going 6 - 7am". Don't even wear a watch anymore....


Often Mrs.B will ask..."what are you doing today ? NOTHING I tell her. She says you did that yesterday, To which I respond..." I didn't finish"....
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Old 01-29-2016, 12:49 AM
 
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I do not need anything special or in particular to get up to.

And I like doing nothing too, if that is the case.
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Old 01-29-2016, 07:50 AM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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I do not need anything special or in particular to get up to.

And I like doing nothing too, if that is the case.

"Doing nothing" is the reward for spending most of our lives busily doing several somethings at once
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Old 01-31-2016, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Had to get up at 7am today as I have a 10am tee time. Needed an alarm clock and still not happy being up this early.
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Old 01-31-2016, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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Right now I have not been able to get the full night of sleep I need to function well the next day. I have found a good uninterrupted 7 hours is perfect for me.

However, I have a young cat who gets her 7 hours daily but delights in keeping me up most of the night. Yes, I close my bedroom door. Yes, her food and water dishes are full.

I can't wait till she "grows up."
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:53 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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EscortRider. Want to commend you on your volunteer work and the joy and satisfaction you derive from it. Shows what kind of person you are. Though we have somewhat different perspectives on some issues, I always felt you were an insightful and compassionate person, and enjoyed reading your comments.

For the record, I avoid morning appointments like the plague. However, I have had the luxury of not having to punch a clock for most of my working years, so now in retirement, little has changed. Though admittedly, I wish I were different. Always felt is was a serious shortcoming in my makeup.
But now that you're retired you don't even need makeup!
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Old 01-31-2016, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heart of Texas
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I do not need anything special or in particular to get up to.

And I like doing nothing too, if that is the case.

yeah, we can be human beings instead of human doings!
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