One thing I have learned in “retirement” is that you need something to get up for in the morning. When working we had to get up, shower, breakfast and be to work on time. We had no choice in the matter. In retirement there is nothing requiring us to get up or do anything specific. Therefore, we have to manufacture a reason to get up. Here is where the struggle begins, finding something you would rather do than turn over and snuggle back into the soft, warm covers. Personally, I went through a phase of getting up to “farm” on Farmville. After earning several million dollars of imaginary dollars it became boring. Then I joined the Master Gardeners, took their course, worked in my yard and volunteered at the local botanical gardens. This was fun for a while but health problems became bothersome and I had to cut back. Then I discovered painting. I had painted years ago when the kids were small but had lost it in the chaos of working, raising beautiful children and keeping a somewhat organized home. Today I get up at about 5:30 to checkout what my friends are doing on Facebook, then I'm ready continue my journey into my own little world of painting. I hope you too find your source of joy that makes it worth getting up every morning.