My friend Linda at Thoughts From a Bag Lady in Waiting says on the sidebar to her blog that her life in retirement is "an opportunity to say yes!" I love the idea that retirement is the time to do all those things that we didn't allow ourselves to do before.
Once I retired I no longer had the excuse that I didn't have time. I had to face up to the fact that things didn't get done because I chose not to do them. There were no external forces holding me back. I find it surprising that it took me all these years to figure this one out. There have been very few real barriers in my life. What holds me back is myself and my own perceived limitations. It's almost always easier to say No. It can become an automatic response. It's difficult to break a life-long habit. I'd like to follow Linda's example and make conscious decisions. I won't always say yes, but I'd like to make sure that it's an option.