Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dr. Changelove...or, how I learned to stop worrying and love retirement.

Please forgive the play on words from the title of one of my favorite movies. You can really get a runaway imagination when you're retired.

Which brings me to my blog topic for today, retirement. According to Wikipedia: "Retirement is the point where a person stops employment completely (or decides to leave the labor force if he or she is unemployed)". Of course the operative phrase here is "stops employment completely". This is where many retirees go so horribly wrong. They have trouble just being themselves and enjoying the things they could only just dream about during their employment. Instead they feel they have lost their identity or their value to society. Well, actually you have not lost your identity, you have just begun to discover it. And to my way of thinking, you couldn't be of more value to society than to be a happy, contented person.

Retirement allows you to expand your world like never before. From traveling to taking classes to volunteering to reading, you will fill up your time in a heartbeat. How often have you heard someone say " I don't know how I ever had the time to work"?

Well then, are you a good candidate for retirement?  Before you answer, let me caution you. Retirement is not for the meek. You might not be aware of the many pitfalls associated with retirement. These are just a few of the things you will have to deal with:

1. A lack of authority figures making demands on your time and energy
2. More time to spend with your grand kids
3. A choice of what time to arise in the morning
4. Not being able to be a part of rush hour traffic
5. Special rates during weekdays at most facilities

That's it. If you think you can handle it, we're looking for a few good men (and women).

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