Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be retired? To face each new day, without having to worry about going into work? Knowing that your financial needs are being met, and you don’t have to worry about money, for the time being? I’m getting a preview of that lifestyle during this Coronavirus Pandemic Lockdown, and I’m not sure I’m ready for it yet.

I am one of over 40 million people who have been laid off as a result of this pandemic shutdown. Fortunately, since I’ve been down this unemployment road before, I know my way around the unemployment application process. Unfortunately, other folks have not been so lucky. My only advice is to apply for unemployment as soon as possible. Once you DO get signed up, get online around 5 a.m. on your certification days, to qualify for your payments. You’ll thank me when the money starts rolling in.

Like many people, I’ve had a lot of time on my hands lately. So I’ve gone through the various stages of lockdown coping skills. Getting things done is stage one. Initially, I made a lot of progress on my huge to-do list. However, after knocking off some of the bigger items, that got old pretty fast. The next stage is self-improvement. I decided to learn about some of the subjects I had been meaning to get to, one day. I did pick up some new skills, but that stage gets old pretty quickly as well.

That leaves stage three: Dayblur. This is where you have no freaking idea what day it is. Never in a million years did I ever think I would arrive at this stage at only 60 years old. When I ask my wife, who has been retired for a few years, what day it is, her response is always the same. Saturday, Sunday, Saturday, Sunday. Smartass!

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have unlimited time on my hands, without the crippling guilt of not having a job. I’ll have to admit, it feels pretty good, at first. However, I must have some form of Type A Personality. I have to be doing SOMETHING! I can’t sit around and binge-watch TV all day. My fear of not getting something important done, won’t let me rest.

This lockdown has shown me a glimpse of what my life will look like, once I retire. It has also given me time to develop a new daily routine. Until life gets back to “normal”, I’ll keep working this daily plan to hang onto my sanity. I hope you’re making the best use of your time off as well. Just repeat after me, “This will end one day!”

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