Even during retirement, schedules remain

After years of retirement I was convinced that I had adapted pretty well. I seemed to have settled into the routine of most retirees participating in casual days of light pressure following no particular schedule.
Oh yes, there were some “honey-do” days; showing up for a few hours weekly at the animal shelter; having an early morning coffee break; taking a daily walk; and naturally picking up my News-Register at 2 p.m. every Tuesday. Everything had been going pretty well until the Betterhalf pointed out I was still on a schedule.
We were driving and on our way home when she questioned why I was impatient being slowed down by heavy traffic and several stop lights. I explained I wanted to be home by 6 p.m. She asked, “Why? Are you on a schedule?”
The Betterhalf continued telling me I have always been on some kind schedule even prior to my retirement. I tried to justify my denial, but it fell on deaf ears. After rattling off a few examples, I realized she was right.
I think my scheduling phobia began when as a youngster I carried papers over an eight year period trying to make sure my customers had their newspaper by 4 p.m. In following years, I always tried to be 15 minutes early to an appointed meeting time. Be home by 9 p.m. on school nights and in bed by 10 p.m. Rise at 7 a.m. and at school by 8 a.m.
In later years scheduling continued and my routine scheduling became ingrained by meeting newspaper deadlines. Unfortunately, I have found myself still living by deadlines.
However I am comforted. I look around and each of us still lives by some kind of schedule or if retirees prefer, a “loose schedule.” No matter whether at work or play, we all still live by a schedule. And those who wish to deny living by a schedule can opt out by saying, “We have a daily routine.”
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Minnesota residents try to deny mosquitos are no worse in their state than in Nebraska. Their statements carry little credence since the other day when a local resident was spotted carrying a flyswatter as she took her early morn stroll.
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We’ve been told our laws are like the ocean -- the most trouble is caused by the breakers.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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