coming out of my shell

coming out of my shell

Sunday, July 12, 2020

A day that is completely mine

I woke up about 7:00 am this morning.  With my eyes still closed, I allowed myself to stay in bed.  I slowly came to consciousness, awakening to a day that will be completely mine.  Sleeping without an alarm clock is one of the big payoffs in retirement.  It just never gets old.


25 comments:

  1. What a great feeling! I hope you enjoy your "you" day. My dog is my alarm clock, and I have mixed feelings about that. :/

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  2. I agree. I wake up almost every morning to watch the morning news. Then I lounge in bed watching a couple more programs on television before I get up to face the day. We earned this after working so many years.

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  3. Well done at living in the moment. My brain has an agenda before I so much as bat an eyelash.

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  4. Without the alarm, I might not wake before noon. On the other hand...

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    1. I could easily sleep until 9ish. But I don't think I could stay in bed longer than that. I salute you!

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  5. One of the un-guilty pleasures of being older and retired - hope it was a great day.

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  6. Jenny is much like you - she has breakfast in bed, does some reading, dozes for a while, then finally gets up. I've always been an early riser, up at around 7 am. I've never been able to sleep in and I don't like lying in bed for very long.

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    1. My husband is usually up between 5 and 6 am. He enjoys being up for an hour or two alone.

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  7. I have a week off so woke up without an alarm too. It's so much nicer. Lovely photo.

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    1. Glad you like the photo. I always enjoy your photos.

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  8. I have the bad habit of waking up early anyway! I so want to sleep in but will wake at 5 am and find it hard to fall back to sleep. Of course, then I am falling asleep in front of the TV at 8:30 pm - so it is a vicious circle really! But if I try to stay up too late - I can't fall asleep. Sleep habits can be complicated! Sounds like you had a wonderful day!

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    1. I am more inclined to stay up late and sleep late. My husband is the opposite. I think one has to just accept what feels right.

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  9. I look forward to that aspect of retirement. These days I generally go to bed early and wake early, so I imagine that pattern will hold.

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  10. Beautiful peaceful photo from your day.

    Yes, accepting what feels right works for me. I love the feeling of getting up as early as possible, so I started using an alarm clock after retirement to make that happen on most days because I know that I can take 2- 3-hour naps during the day if I feel sleepy. Sometimes I wake up before the alarm goes off. Those are my favorite days (-:

    For most of my working life, I chose to work later in the day. Many years ago I realized I didn't need to let an alarm determine how long I slept, unless there was some good reason that I needed to get up. I found that I needed at least 9-1/2 hours of sleep and even with that I yearned for naps.

    I am in awe of people who only need 8 hours of sleep. When I tried to function with that amount of sleep, it was an excruciating struggle to stay awake at school and at work. I remember struggling to stay awake in class in the afternoon when I was in high school!

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    1. It is interesting how very different everyone's sleep patterns (and needs) are.

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  11. I've worked from home for nearly two years now and still am not able to reset my body alarm from the 5 AM start to the more realistic for pre-work activities, 7AM. Even on weekends I wake early though I may not move for hours later. (Sooner if the dog is insistent).

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