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Re: Retirement Musings - Destination Unspecified

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I was involuntarily retired. Didn't agree initially, but was definitely "burned out"..... After a few years, realized I needed to do something to keep the boredome at bay. Three years ago, started a part-time, somewhat physical job. The hours suit me, I get any/all time off that I request, and I don't NEED the pay (though it's always good to have an extra few $$), and the major benefit - that I didn't initally realize - is that it has been a boon to my health! I am a stocker at a hardware-type employer that gives me a realistic workout for 4hours per day - lifting, squatting, climbing (ladders), etc. So, I get a good workout daily in exchange for 4 hours each/most mornings (I've never been turned down for a day off request in 3yrs), a discount when I buy things from my store (which I've done for YEARS prior to working there), and a few extra bucks in my pocket. And I'm still able to take time off to spend with my wife. All-in-all, I'd have to say that I am injoying retirement more than I ever imagined that I could. Just DO SOMETHING to keep your head, heart  and body in the game..

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Yeah........but no rush to "have to do" anything.  Everything is your own pace.  I'm thinking about going back to work maybe 15-20 hours a week but that's not on the agenda right now.  Volunteering or working with service organizations is my focus and it's good for my soul.  Spent a lot of my first 65 only thinking/caring about my (selfish) agenda...............and now .....gosh, I had it made once I see the track so many others are on.   I am truly blessed. 

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Now that I'm responsible just for myself, I spend my time working on my web sites, reading, working on Sudoku puzzles, watching TV, going to a movie if there is a really good one which is rare, eat out every other week, play Yahtzee with a friend after dining out, joined a coloring group and visit the town Senior Center to play it's 6 games of bingo (LOL) and to meet other people. When the weather gets nicer and the plantar facsitis has yielded, I will walk for exercise.  The rest of my time is spent keeping my apartment in good order.

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I agree. I applied for a part-time job, was hired and then decided I didn't want it because I don't want to HAVE to do something. I can't figure out what I want. Not a good feeling for the rest of my life.

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Just retired last year.  Busy everyday but only as busy as I want to be.  Volunteering is a part of my life now that I never had time for while I was working.   First time in 40+ years that I needed to check my schedule to see if I had time to do something.  Prior to this...........I knew that from 6am-6pm; Monday thru Friday-------work was the only agenda and I didn't have the option to "phone it in".  Giving back to the local community and mankind in general is why HE put me out here.  It's much more rewarding to give and I've found I don't need the "stuff" I thought I needed.  Priorities definitely change.  I don't have a lot but I have so much more than many.  Being an advisor to high school kids or driving other seniors to the doctor lets me know how fortunate I really am.  So far, it's a great life and I've had more time to look at the bigger picture.  

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Retired 9 years ago, it has been a hard transition, can’t say it has been a totally successful one yet. G.

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My plan is, IF I ever do get to retire (big financial hurdles at the moment..to be continued...) will be to pursue creative projects, love on my grandbabies, generally be a BIG pain in the rear for anyone and everyone who wishes to be in my life (disclaimer).  In other words, do what I want, when I want, however I want...for the first time in my life!  Unless the good L-rd has other plans for me (?) this is the ultimate goal for that every-elusive thing we call "retirement."  NO plans to rust out-but rather to go out in a flaming comet of my own choosing...!

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Whatever I want to, whenever I want to. Or nothing at all.

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“Ground control to Major Tom, ignition on, commencing countdown and may God’s love be with you.  This is Major Tom to ground control.  I’m stepping through the door and I’m floating in the most peculiar way.”

                Ah yes, I have retired and it feels like a free fall, an unrestrained motion into the abyss.  Peculiar feeling.  Merriam Webster defines peculiar as “different from the usual or normal.” Well that’s an understatement.  There is nothing “usual or normal” about this.  This is like my navigation system that just hit the area that has not yet been mapped and screams at me in big green letters on my dashboard stating “unknown road.”

 My work life was a perfectly choreographed manuscript.  My I-Phone and Outlook were a synchronized set of identical twins.  Before that, there was my aptly dubbed Crackberry with reminders set when and where I had to be on what day, before that there was my day timer, before my day timer, there was a desk calendar, and before that well there was a Big Chief tablet (yes seriously).  I knew pretty much what I would be doing every day of my work life.  If I wasn’t finding it for myself, technology was telling me where I had to be and what time I had to be there.  Then I retired.  Disconnected from my e-mail, my contacts, my calendar.  Free, unburdened, peculiar.

                What am I going to do now?   My response to that question has been jaded, cynical, sarcastic even with a bit of sass mixed in.  Quite possibly one might think a little defensive of my new “every day is a holiday” status.  Why do I think I HAVE to do anything? Every gray hair on my head, every crinkle around my eyes, every furrow on my forehead, all earned my friends.  They are my badges.

What am I going to do now?  I am going to live in the very moment I am breathing in as “the past is never there when you try to go back.  It exists, but only in memory.  To pretend otherwise is to invite a mess.” – Chris Cobbs

Warm regards,
Sherry
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