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landsoftly's Message:

and nothing feels like plenty for me
I watch TV
read the occasional book
And let's not discuss just
how I look!
Oh, I do a lotta nada
Just don't work at all
And life is so much calmer
Some might judge as dull
Yet I awake each morning
excited about it all
Doing plenty of nothing
but putter
and go places with those
I love
Do as I please
and feel at ease
Yes, plenty of nothing--for now--
agrees.

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Discussion Review (newest messages first)
anansi 12-21-2015 09:08 PM

MOVE OVER GEORGE GERSHWIN!!!!!

landsoftly 12-20-2015 05:04 PM

and nothing feels like plenty for me
I watch TV
read the occasional book
And let's not discuss just
how I look!
Oh, I do a lotta nada
Just don't work at all
And life is so much calmer
Some might judge as dull
Yet I awake each morning
excited about it all
Doing plenty of nothing
but putter
and go places with those
I love
Do as I please
and feel at ease
Yes, plenty of nothing--for now--
agrees.

Mr Sensai 12-18-2015 02:01 AM

I do #4 often!

canteach 12-17-2015 09:29 PM

I feel no need to go back to any kind of work. I did 35 years of work and did school nearly 24/7 sometimes. I received so little pay some years that it may as well have been volunteering. I feel no need to become a volunteer so far. I am so enjoying this my second year of retirement! I am learning a new skill/hobby as sewing and quilting are new interests for me. I just never had the time to attempt these before I retired. I also love to read or listen to an audiobook while I do hand embroidery or complete those pesky household chores. I do help relatives and friends as needed, but otherwise I am enjoying the ME time that retirement has afforded. I also love the word retirement and the leisure to get up when I feel like it and do what I want or nothing at all if I prefer it that way. I love to read and now have plenty of time for it. I can now watch a movie if I wish because I do not have to fret over the chores that are not getting done while I am watching. I can go places during the day now instead of waiting for a snow day, a school holiday or summer vacation. I really love that as well.

joyfulcalm 12-17-2015 04:20 PM

Interesting article - I actually agree with GlacierRose in that I love the word retirement. To me, retirement is all about choices. I can do what I want each day. If I want to get a paying job, I can, but so far anyway--nope! Now in my 3rd year of retirement, I still get up each day with great joy. I love taking my morning walk, enjoying an extra cup of tea, volunteer tutoring (just 2x a week), reading, cooking, etc. I spent so many years having to deal with so many demands. Now, finally, my time is my own, and I SO appreciate it. Retirement rocks!

GlacierRose 12-17-2015 09:09 AM

I love the word retirement--it makes me very happy. And being happy will help me stay young at heart. I think life is great without having to work any more. My life feels full with my hobbies, family and friend time, and volunteering.

juliet4 12-17-2015 06:19 AM

You sound like my kind of retiree! The more active and giving I become, the more satisfying my "retired" life has become.

lisa53 12-17-2015 06:03 AM

Yep! The article does mention volunteering, for example. Really high powered execs just can't shut off their need to keep producing cold turkey..

But the other point is, love the work you do. I know folks who care for grandkids, who knit hats and scarves for the homeless or for kids at school who don't have appropriate recess gear, folks who write, whatever. It doesn't feel like work. It's enjoyable. And that's the point, I think. You can only play so much golf or canasta before you think, "What's the point?"

The great thing about retirement, IMO, is that I can be my own boss and make my own choices. I have a lot of expertise and skill to offer, but I can say "yes" or "no" when something comes up. When it sounds like fun (and not too much pressure), I say "yes". If it sounds like a PITA, I say, "Sorry, that doesn't work for me." And I walk away feeling NO GUILT!

connieg 12-17-2015 05:23 AM

I read the article and it was written by someone who seems to be a consultant for execuive types leaving the workforce. The emphasis on "working" is a bit overdone. Having a purpose can be wrapped up many different ways.

BioAdoptMom3 12-16-2015 08:10 PM

Interesting, though with a teenager still at home and all that goes with that, I don't quite fit the retired mode yet. That all makes sense though because everyone needs a sense of purpose!

Nancy

lisa53 12-16-2015 06:09 PM

A dear friend of mine works at a Senior Center and she just posted this on Facebook:

http://www.nextavenue.org/the-4-trai...ampaign=buffer

Check it out!




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