I’m retired. Three times over, I’m retired.
I retired from my job at a local community college in December of 2014, started drawing my Army retirement in August of 2015, and started drawing my (reduced) Social Security this past September. So, I’m not just retired, I’m RETIRED.
All those years I worked, I promised myself that, when I retired, I was going to be really selfish with my time and my life. It was going to be time for ME.
When I first stopped working in 2014, I realized almost immediately that I could easily fall into a routine of staying up until 3:00 a.m. and sleeping until noon. I did not want that at all. I wanted to be up relatively early in the day and have the entire day for ME. So, I started setting an alarm on my iPad for 7:30 a.m. The app allowed me to choose music from my iPad for the “alarm” so I picked out a dozen or so of my favorite songs and, for those first 3 years, that’s what I woke up to.
Alarms are annoying. That’s probably why they’re called alarms. When you think of the word “alarm” it makes you think of being frightened or worried or panicked. Well, when a sudden noise jolts you out of sleep, I guess the word is fitting.
About 8 or 9 months ago I changed the alarm app to something different, which fills the screen on the iPad with the “clock” and allows the user to adjust not only the color of the digital numbers, but the brightness as well. It has a sleep timer function, and also allows me to choose music from the iPad as the alarm. This newer app also has a selectable feature to have the alarm gradually increase in volume so it’s not a sudden, heart attacking jolt out of sleep.
About the time I kicked the ex out, I stumbled across the music of Peder B. Helland and I instantly and completely fell in love with it. I downloaded an alarm clock app to my iPad which allows me to use music from the iPad for an alarm, instead of some annoying sound. After all, I don’t HAVE to get up at 7:30, I CHOOSE to, so why have something that is just going to jolt me awake? I set the alarm to play “Piano Meditation” from an album named “Flying Birds” by this composer (although it does not appear that this album exists any longer for whatever reason). This app also begins the alarm muted and then gradually increases the volume until it is at full volume. But, because the music is so soothing, it is not annoying whatsoever.
Now, I wake up every morning with this beautiful melody playing and actually, physically smile when it softly pulls me out of my sleep. It’s serene enough that I can doze back off and not be annoyed, too.
I find that when I start my day this way, it sort of sets the tone for the entire day. I’m energetic, happy, and motivated to do the things I must do, and to do the things I want to do.
Yeah, the word alarm invokes fear, danger, or warning and yet, I no longer get this from the device used to awaken me each morning.
I love being selfish and doing good, nice things for me.
Give this a listen. You won’t be sorry.