Does anyone else find it difficult to retire? I have retired three times and am still working. I must admit I am closer to retirement this time and am actually learning to sleep until 6 a.m.! Feels odd just to check emails and Facebook posts and not leap into action as soon as I arise.
I still run into people who say, “I’m retired, I love it, I don’t do anything.” Personally, I would go stark raving mad if I did not have a list of things I needed to do, prioritized by urgency! Many at this point are volunteer tasks, others honey-do, and yes, some paid work. After all I am a ‘J’ and need to keep things organized!
The thought of not having my mind wrapped upon something to challenge me is uncomfortable! I thrive on being useful to someone, which may ego, but for me a reality. I take on ‘widow work’ for friends who no longer have a male around to do tasks. This satisfies my need for hands-on work, but it is not usually mentally challenging.
Of course, there is Sudoku, but one can only persist at it for so long and it either is boring or hurts the mind. One has to be careful! It is great to develop a routine, (‘J’ kicking in again!) which helps to make sure you do not miss anything on the list. Lately a variance from the list and mindless coffee on the patio because of the unusual June weather.
Life is short, whatever floats your boat. If you need to work, whether financially or from a mentally stimulating point of view, do it! It might be paid work, it might not. If it makes you feel good and helps others, it is worthy work! Lastly, ignore other opinions, do what is in your heart.
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