However, I must say that I have stayed just as busy in retirement as I was as a truck driver. And, believe me, I was busy. So busy, that it forced be into retirement with exhaustion. But, that is behind me now. Except for the fact that I have had a quadruple bypass heart surgery, and suffer from sleep apnea and a few other less taxing ailments I am feeling better almost everyday than I did for my last 25 years on the road. One problem that I do not seem to be able to overcome is expanding the capacity of my lungs. Yeah, cigarettes. But, I keep walking almost every day, and I occasionally do other exercises. And, I stay very busy for about 14 hours every day.
Since my retirement I have been trying to build new professions using my photography and music. Most people might say that the time I spend on the computer is a waste of time. And, sometimes I wonder about it myself. But, I post a lot of photography on the web. And, I post to several blogs, several web sites, several forums, several Facebook pages and profiles, and a Google+ site. Yes, much of my work is on networking sites. But, it is getting attention for my photography work, and for my music. I have made some money with my photography, but I cannot yet say that I can rely on it for my income. But, I am getting better with the camera, and better with Photoshop. And, it is getting noticed on the web. I write songs, and I am beginning to surprise myself with how far I have come with my guitar abilities. And, I am having fun.
And, for the first time in my life I am confident and happy that everything that I am doing in retirement is leading me to where I am supposed to be. I am happy, like a kid in a playground.