It has dawned on me that something is happening for the first time in seventeen years. Carol and I are preparing for a few days' break, seeing family, friends and spending time on the Somerset coast. In the usual order of packing one of the first items on the list has always been my laptop. Always this has accompanied me so that I could snatch writing time to keep up with some deadline or other. It has accompanied me as though attached by umbilical cord. But NOT this time! I realize with a jolt (and some pleasure) that there is no pressing writing commitment for the first time in recent memory. Of course I could be doing some serious stuff but I don't need to.
Instead I am packing some paints and pastels in hopes that my recent art classes have inspired me enough to spend my time in worthwhile activity! I know my long-retired friends will tell me that I should not be surprised at such a turn of events....that this is what retirement is all about. However, its occurrence has suddenly crept up on me as I leave my laptop behind. It really is a wrench. I look forward to seeing what a difference it makes.
This does not mean some serious stuff does not lie ahead and I recognize that I truly enjoy the challenge of writing and speaking commitments to come. But it will be interesting to reflect on how much I really can enjoy scribbling and washes instead. Of course, it depends somewhat on the quality of the scribbling and washes! I shall seek to make honest report on my return.