Sunday, January 31, 2016


It is Sunday morning, the last day of January 2016.
We are home from a wonderful trip to Cancun and were able to share our adventure with friends from Ontario, Canada. I have to say that this was truly a great time of doing absolutely nothing.

I mentioned to Chris that I was considering how much time we really were doing nothing -- just laying on the beach, relaxing. Even though we were together, someone might be reading, someone else napping, enjoying a cigar, people watching, etc. We were together, yet each to his/her own thoughts and relaxing in our own way.

To be sure, we had many lively conversations on the beach, at meals or just hanging out. We walked to the flea market to shop (5K round trip) and stopped at Bubba Gumps for a snack and refreshment on the way home. We learned a little about each other's culture, government and way of life and we laughed a lot. We also learned a few new words (our friend Jo-jo is quite a character!).

Chris and I did what we always do on a beach trip, but this time we were able to do it with friends.
No hurry
No plan
No schedule
No stress
No guilt about doing no-thing

I'm still feeling the relaxation after a day of travel and waking up in the Ozarks. I expect I'll be feeling it for some time!

Today marks the 1 year anniversary of my retirement from the FAA.
I pretty much just cruised through the year without any goals or purpose. I may consider setting some kind of plan for year 2 -- or not.
Life is pretty good and my goals would probably be pretty simple and self serving --
Buy a new motorcycle.
Go to more baseball games.
Go to a baseball game in Toronto with our Canadian friends.

On the other hand, there maybe some worthwhile goals --
Plant a garden (finally).
Cook at home more often.
Travel more (that could go in either list, but it looks better here!).
Read more (again, could go in either list).

Anyway, you get the idea.

I have a pretty awesome life!
And it really is nearly as awesome in the Ozarks as it is on the beaches of Mexico -- but not quite!

Sunrise from Ozark

John <><


eViL pOp TaRt said...

I'm glad you had a great time, and all is well at home!

Mike said...

It does not seem like you have been retired a year! Nor me 17 years.