I ask myself daily “why did I wait so long to retire?”
I have had a great first seven months of this retirement journey. My first 4 months were spent resting. I knew that my job as a public school superintendent was stressful but I didn’t realize how much stress I had built up. I would find myself sleeping the day away or just sitting outside in my reclining lawn chair for hours. I am happy to report that I am now well rested and de-stressed. I find myself, today, more productive (if I want to be).
I have developed a passion for writing in my journal and doodling artistically. I find a quiet and pleasing place to just observe life’s happenings and I let my mind drift to whatever captures my thoughts or interests. Recently, while enjoying some time and a cup of coffee at Starbucks in the West Village in Dallas, I began thinking about all the clothing that I have accumulated over the years. I thought about how unnecessary my closet full of clothing had become. I live a very simple life today. If I never wear another tie it will be too soon. I have put together a list of what I plan to pare my wardrobe down to in the near future.
Retirement Clothing Necessities:
- Robe & Houseshoes
- Sleep shirt & shorts- 2 of each
- Warmup pants- 2 pair
- Shirts- 3-4 polo type
- Underwear- 7-8 pair
- Slacks- 1 pair Black pants (church, funeral, or retirement party)
- Sports Coat- 1 (church, funeral, or retirement party)
- Socks- 2 black dress socks and 5 athletic socks
- Shoes- Tennis shoes, Crocs, and Dress shoes (black)
- Cargo Shorts- 2 pair
- Fleece jacket
- Belts- 1 black dress belt and 1 casual belt
That is really all that I need. It is amazing how little we actually need in retirement. My first year or two in college at Texas A&M University I would bring my clothes back and forth from home in a cardboard Pepsi box. I think that I could get everything on this list into that Pepsi box.
I am going to begin the process of culling the unneccessary “stuff” from my life. I plan to pursue a minimalist lifestyle. Much simpler to manage!
Thanks for reading!
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