Today, I went to the YMCA for family swim time, and it was packed. That’s when I remembered it’s Family Day, and everyone was able to go out with their families. On top of that, it was cold, so the indoor pool was a nice place to take the family.
The problem is, since I “retired,” every day is a holiday. Once or twice a week, I’ll take the kids swimming. I take the pre-schooler around lunch time, and I take the other kids on a weekday evening. At those times, the pool is generally quiet. There are always other people there. I assume they’re either stay-at-home parents or they work shifts, but there are always people out. It’s just that most people don’t have the flexibility to come out at the times I choose.
I’m sure I sound spoiled. I don’t mean to. I love the flexibility of not having to go to work, and plan my life around huge chunks of time that I owe to an employer. Rather, I can plan my days out so that I’m not at the gym when it’s really busy, shop when the grocery store isn’t too busy, drive outside of rush hour, travel when it’s not peak season.
Having kids in school sometimes puts a damper on my plans. Because of the times they need to be in school, I need to plan our travels, our daytrips and our outings around those huge chunks of time. But even then, I’ve found that picking them up from school at 3:00pm still gives us a couple hours before most families are able to get out.
One of the best things about being retired is the freedom to plan my days how I want, generally avoiding the busiest times. But once in a while, holidays and long weekends remind me that I have nothing to take a holiday from.