New Shapings

03. November 2016 Uncategorized 0

For old my older readers that were looking for my old forestry content, I’ve unfortunately moved on from that part of my life.  Today, we start a new chapter.  A new focus.

My name is Paul Garrison, and this blog is the outlet for all my crazy thoughts, ramblings, and rants. If you ask me, a personal blog is a much better investment than a therapist. Let’s be honest, life is hard. From time to time, everyone needs a place to just pour their heart out and unburden themselves of the stress, sadness, and anger in their lives. That’s not to say it isn’t also great to have a place to gloat or share good news as well.

I’ve never been much of a writer, so this blog will give me a chance to work on that. It’s something that I have always wished I had the time to improve upon. You’re never too old to learn new things, so here I am.

Since I retired from teaching history last year, life has been peaceful. I’m still not sure whether I would classify that as a good thing or a bad thing. In a weird way, I miss the pressures and responsibilities of being a teacher and having a job. Now I just sit on my front porch and yell at kids to get off my lawn.

Actually, I don’t even do that much. I spend time with my grandchildren a few days per week, and the rest of the time I am left to my own devices. I’m being crushed under the weight of all that freedom. So much free time to do whatever I choose, and no motivation to unglue myself from Netflix.

I’ve been told it takes some time to transition into retirement. It’s harder than you would imagine to go from working full time for 45 years to suddenly having very little to do. Everyone thinks they’ll travel or pick up golfing or knitting, but the truth is those things still account for only a small part of your day, and traveling is just being bored in a different country to me. The usual retirement activities hold very little appeal to me. It’s like trying to figure out what you want to do with your life all over again.

I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about how I want to spend my golden years. I still don’t have an answer, but maybe I can use this blog to help sort out my thoughts. Even if it fails to help, it’s nice to have an outlet where I can speak freely. Whether or not anyone ever reads this, I think I’ll enjoy having something to work on when I’m not watching marathons of old TV shows.

Now if you’ll excuse me, it is raining and my roof is leaking again. I should probably go find a bucket, and a phone number for a reliable roofing contractor. More on this nightmare in my next blog post.