Yes, it's a good time for me. Love being a grandpa. Love being retired. I find it interesting to read Facebook or other blogs, because everybody has a bitch. Not me! My life has been a great and exciting adventure. No, I haven't achieved everything I want to achieve, but I'm not going to beat myself up over that. I have loved and been loved by truly magnificent people. That's the most important thing in life, isn't it?
The simple joy I experience in being around my granddaughter seems absurd. Really, it's not that great an achievement, producing a child who gives you a grandchild. Spending the day with my little girl just plain makes me happy and content. The circle has been completed. I will live into the future.
The days move very slowly now that I am retired. I am up well before dawn, and I try to be productive... writing, sketching and playing music. I'm doing all this for myself with little hope or desire that the results will be noticed.
I'm not rich, nor am I poor. It seems very unlikely that I'll ever miss a meal. My house is paid off, and my need for money keeps diminishing. Every day, I study my spending and my bills and lop off another unnecessary and frivolous expenditure that seemed essential when I was earning a big salary. No way I am going back to work to pay for some trinket or some tiny entertainment.
My health is holding out. Since I don't go to work, I've got the time to really attend to my health. I practice yoga almost every day. Bicycling during good weather. Working out at the gym during bad weather. And, I cook for myself. I eat the vast majority of my meals at home. (Of course, my girlfriend cooks for me, too!)
I'm focusing on my domestic sphere, trying to transform my home into a comforting and warm den. My past life of wild adventure and romance once made that impossible, because I was trying to be everywhere simultaneously. Things have really quieted down. One of my greatest pleasures is sitting at my desk and watching the sun rise. (I'm doing that right now!)
The good times are here! How long will they last? God alone knows. The good times can evaporate in a moment. Who knows that better than me? My wife was here one moment. The next moment, she was gone, taken by God.
My time is coming, too. I am at peace with that, too. So many have gone before me. I have not been cheated out of anything in this life. Were I to die tomorrow, I would have no complaint.