I start my day with my pipe, a fresh pot of coffee, and the newspaper. After that I have a leisurely breakfast, followed by another bowl of tobacco. Then I guess I have 5 or 6 more bowls throughout the rest of the day. In retirement my biggest decisions are what pipes to use with which tobaccos. Retirement is good. I hope everybody has a chance to experience it.
I was always busy at work and had a lot going on, and a busy life otherwise. Retirement only picked up the pace. Partly, my wife's health and mobility problems caused lots of needed tasks and activities. But even otherwise, I think having more options and planning for each day just made life even more busy. On a job, I had many things on automatic pilot part of the time. I could move from task to task in a dependable way. This is more varied and demanding usually. Pipewise, I don't smoke a lot more, nor do I have more time to smoke, but I have taken more interest in it, and it has been good to smooth the rough spots and have an excuse to sit down and check in with myself and get in touch with my own thoughts. I smoke about the same, but I rely on it somewhat more.
I couldn't possibly smoke more nor, enjoy it more than when I worked at my career. I've been retired from my career since 1986. Now I can work at what I like and make as little or as much money as I wish.
When I had a career, smoking was still socially permissible in the office and my G-ride. So, nothing changed in that respect. I'm actually smoking less as it is no longer permitted on planes, in rental cars, restaurants, hotels, etc. So, I'm saving a bit of money also. My self-employment operation permits me to spend most of my time out of doors, when not traveling, where smoking is, for the most part, permitted.
I enjoy smoking as much now as I did then or I'd quit my wee vice and save a few thousand a year. It is an expensive exercise.
I actually smoke less than when I was working because now I don't have to cram my recreation time between work and other responsibilities. the pipes are always there whenever I feel like a special moment. In fact, right now seems like a good time.
I worked for one of the so called big three auto companies In 1994 I got 30 years in I was 52 years old.They wanted to reduce their number of workers.They told me that if I would retire they would pay my pension and social security until I was 62.I grabbed it.I could smoke at work so I probably smoke about the same know as then.I made sure that I had plenty of pipes before I retired so now I only have to concern myself with tobacco.The not so good thing is that in the 23 years that I've been retired the price of that tobacco in some cases has more than doubled..Retirement is great I highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about it.
I don't think I smoke more or less but the pace of life has certainly changed and because of that reduction in "to do" responsibilities I am relaxed and enjoy it more. I wake some mornings not sure what day it is and go to bed those nights not having bothered to find out. It just doesn't matter anymore, every day is a holiday!
I retire on Jan 31st next year .. so only 5 months to go! I am already getting demob happy, as we say in the UK.
As I smoke at home, I don't actually foresee much change in my smoking habits. I have a little stash put away (approaching 18 months worth on current consumption) so I am content.
I've been retired for 4 yrs due to health and age. I retired a yr before my maximum SS benefits would be in effect, at the age of 65, a non smoker.
I had had a love/hate relationship with tobacco since I was 12 or 13.
For most of my smoking 'life' I've smoked non filters, and RYO.
About a yr into retirement, I really hit bottom physically and emotionally and went back to smoking. Within a few months I'd become tired of not being happy with what was almost a necessary evil, once again.
I had always thought that inhaling the burnt paper was not something that enhanced the experience and it DAWNED on me to try smoking my RYO from a corn cob. This worked for a month or so, maybe less, and I found this website.
My most recent 'discovery' is so obvious as to be embarrassing.
I smoke mostly indoor, and with the windows closed. I have been changing the a/c filters monthly, but the air still seemed smoky and after 3 yrs, I bought a large room air cleaner! My air has been much cleaner as a result.
So, my pipe smoking actually began after I retired.
My health has improved and I enjoy smoking a variety of tobaccos and pipes.
Mine has been off and on all my life. 4 pack a day Pall Mall for some years. Then it was 20 cigars and a lot of chaw. Pipe smoking mixed in between. Had not seriously smoked since 95 when I woke up in a Tunica Casino Hotel, hungover with cigar smoke all over my insides and outsides. Picked up some months ago as my pain meds don't work that well. Pipe smoking makes me forget it, and the nic hit actually does help with the pain. So, I smoke early, often (until the wife hits me with the spatula), and with my MD's blessing.
Yes, you nailed it. Why should we be stressed when we're retired? Oh, we get some bill on a Friday after hours that Medicare didn't pay and our balls are frosted until Monday when we can speak to someone. The little inanities of life pile up at this stage, so a good bowl of gruel for the tummy and a bowl of tobacco for the soul seems to help.
I tried retirement once after 21 years in the military. Found I'd much rather be able to pay my bills, buy what I want when I want, and eat and drink when I want. Now, 24 years later, I work for myself at home and pretty much smoke my pipe when I want to smoke my pipe. I will turn 65 in January but plan to continue working until I can draw my full Social Security allowance without being penalized for working.
It helps that I work at home on my computer and make as much working 28-30 hours a week as I did when I was working 60-80 hours a week.
Been retired since 05/2016 and have not looked back. I miss some of the people I worked with but like mcitinner1 I don't miss the job. Time does seem to pass quickly and I seem to be very busy not doing anything.