I retired on Jan 1st, about a week ago. The most common question so far is “does it feel any different?” In my case it really doesn’t.
I have already been living my intended lifestyle in between work periods when possible – differences are quantitative (number of days off) rather than qualitative (what I do on my “days off”).
There are differences, of course.
I go to sleep when I am tired and wake up when I want. I deleted the alarms from my phone :-)
I drive slower and take shorter and more scenic routes - the van gets over 20MPG on slower roadways.
Muffin and I spend a lot of time walking
I’ve got a bit more family visiting to do before heading for warmer areas. This month will be an anomaly regarding driving. I have/had about 1500 of miles to cover for visits before I head out to snowbird.