Big party at our house this weekend. We’ll be celebrating the publication of my new book, “A Lifetime of Small Adventures.” And it’s darn well about time! For, believe it or not, I’ve been working on this memoir for almost thirty years.
He said, “I’m retiring with nothing to do.” A few days ago, I spoke with a long-time friend for the first time in a few years. He told me that he’s planning to retire at the end of this year. I responded, “Oh, that’s great. I’ll bet you’re looking forward to retirement.” He replied, “Yes, but I’ve been so focused on work during the last four decades that I’ve hardly had time for anything else. So when I retire, I’ll have to find some hobbies.”
It’s easy for retirees to underestimate, or entirely overlook, their need for intellectual challenge. That’s unfortunate, for each of us needs some degree of mental stimulation. If this need is not met, we can become bored or even depressed. In our former working life, intellectual stimulation came to us, pre-packaged, as a part of our job. As retirees, it’s up to us to somehow replace this intellectual stimulation. The good news is that we retires have many ways of doing so.
In June of 2010, I posted, “Should a Retiree Rent or Buy a Home.” In that post, I carefully avoided making any recommendation, one way or the other. I simply listed the six benefits of renting, and the three benefits of buying, a home. But the economic environment has changed significantly since last June. I believe that, today, one of those choices offers significant financial benefits over the other.
We retirees are more likely to find adventure if we travel with no destination in mind. Yes, I know, we generally travel with not only a destination in mind, but a more-or-less fixed itinerary. We might travel to visit Aunt Suzie, or to hike in the Grand Canyon, or to cruise the Mediterranean Sea. And, for sure, each of those trips may be quite enjoyable. But for an interesting adventure, consider “drifting.”
I’m not sure why I so enjoy connecting with old friends. Maybe it has to do with being retired, or simply having grown older. Or perhaps it has to do with nostalgia – you know, reconnecting with the past. I’m really not sure why but, for me, it’s thrilling to hear from an old buddy.
The newly retired person may well spend some time “floundering around” before finding his or her focus. In fact, this “floundering around” might well last a number of months… or even a couple of years.
Retirees have a wonderful opportunity to become lifelong learners. Clearly, retirees have the discretionary time for learning. But, just as important, they have a lifetime of experience with which to relate to newly learned material.
To improve their sex life, indeed their love life, a senior couple should, together, engage in some meaningful activity.