I don't have to get up for work, show up for work or do work. (Ha! That's if cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. aren't work.) I do have a lot of time available and have had for a while. When I was working I talked about how I wanted time to write. So have I produced the great Canadian novel?? No. I do have three drafts of different attempts (although I was never so full of hubris as to imagine they would or could be great.) All that time? I worked teaching for 33 years and my natural laziness now has rein. I write when I want to. I have published a few short stories (even have been paid for them once or twice.) I maintain, sporadically this blog.
Last winter I got brave enough to join a group of people who meet twice a week to paint. Most of them are using water colour and the different styles among the 8- 10 artists are interesting. One lady creates delicate, very pretty paintings. Another can improve upon the images she finds, sometimes on the internet, sometimes in advertising. Her drawing is to envy. Several of the artists have been painting in different media for some time. There is one person working in oils at present and another acrylics. The informal leader of the group is our cheerleader. In her enthusiasm, she grabs your painting, holds at a distance and exclaims, "See, do you see how good it is?" In her "bag of art" she has selection of mats in various sizes and colours. Choosing one of them, she will put it around your art and say, "Just look at it now. O, you have to frame this one." I am back with the group this fall and winter. It is an excellent way to make new friends, perhaps develop a skill and most of all enjoy some cheer as the dark days of December descend.
Retirement gives me the time, but I have found it has nurtured my talent for procrastination. If there is an unpleasant task? Why don't I do it tomorrow? If I've hit a more difficult section of writing? Maybe if I let the subconscious work on it. Should I finish an art piece? Taking everything out without a big block of time isn't very productive. Perhaps, that's my true creativity in the freedom retirement has offered. I can make excuses with the best.
I've been married a long time and often write about everyday events.