4 Months into Retirement - Transition

by TJ
(South Africa)


I have just completed four months of retirement after being on the job for past 43 years in the security and wildlife management scene.

It was a roller coaster ride with some awesome experiences. I have loads of photos and a diary so writing a book of sorts is definitely on the hit list.

I am a little worried about the transition however - its good, so good and reading your other contributors comments reality will kick in one of these days
What am I doing to keep going?

Well I think ones mental attitude has a lot to do with it and it can be daunting. There is a saying here 'how do you eat an elephant?' - piece by piece and I am doing just that.

I am into welding,lots of DIY, walking, walking the dogs,gardening and always researching ideas. There is a www site pintrest.com. I really recommend it - inspirational on every topic you can think of.

My destiny is in my hands and no one else.

Of course I am a little disappointed about my ex work mates and friends - not a single call or visit to see how I am doing but I am working on lunch dates and am starting to network with them via e-mail and so on.

I am also working together with a fellow pensioner to get pensioners together on a regular basis to share ideas.

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work continues
by: Betty

HI, Just want to say hi and am glad you have some wonderful ideas to keep you busy. I always thought after retirement I would enjoy all my friends etc. That was not to happen however.

My health went down the tubes and like you it seems some of my good friends forgot about me. Since I can no longer drive I really miss out on so many things. Good thing I love to read and do crafts.

Glad I found this program.

Rear View Mirror
by: Joe W.


Hi! Welcome to the world of writers. After 40+ years in the everyday work world it's probably very hard not to look in the rear view mirror. As Wendy suggests here in this discussion you can start writing on this website if you wish.

I would also advise you to put a name to your new book project, start your research now on a daily basis, and see if you can join any writing clubs in your own area that will help you put some of your book ideas together.

Good Luck!

Joe W.

How Do You Eat an Elephant .... an Indian folk tale ...
by: Retd. Prof. Mr. Durgesh Kumar Srivastava, C-3, Janakpuri, New Delhi-110058, India.

Dear friends,Namaste and Greetings from a fellow retiree in India. I narrate below an India folk tale that is hundreds of years old.

In marriages in India, the groom goes in a procession to the bride's place, where the wedding ritual is performed, usually late in the night, and in most cases, lasts several hours. This wedding procession is called BAARAAT in Hindi language.The people in the Baaraat are referred to as BAARAATIs and are lavishly treated and hosted by the bride's family. For the Baaraatis the Indian wedding is like a 2 day picnic. In the 19th and early 20 century the Baaraat would often stay at the bride's place for 3 or 4 days. There used to be lots of fun, frolic, feasting, singing, dancing and humor. Both sides sometimes put conditions to be observed by each side.

In a wedding in the medieval times, the bride's side put forward the condition that no senior citizen will be a part of the Baaraat. The grooms side agreed to it, but were worried as the groom's 80 year old grandfather insisted upon going with the Baaraat. Ultmately it was decided to roll up the old man in a huge blanket and take him as a part of Baaraat, hidden like this.

The Baaraat of 50 people arrived at the bride's place and the bride's grandmother put forward the condition that the BAARAATIs would have to eat the meat of 50 'BAKRAs' (fully grown male he-goats.) The grooms party did not know how to react. They asked for time to respond to this condition. A small boy was secretly sent to the groom's old grandfather hidden in the blanket to seek a solution from him.

The old man said: "No problem. Ask the bride's side
to slaughter, cook and serve one BAKRA at a time."
On hearing this unique solution, the bride's side knew that there must be a senior citizen hiding somewhere in the Baaraat.

Ultimately, the old man came out, blessed one and all and the wedding event passed off in good humor. The AGED people have after all their own usefulness in society.

D.K.SRIVASTAVA,kumar220243@yahoo.in Apr 29, 2014

by: Wendy

I think you should start a website or blog -- like NOW, while the memories are fresh. You are perfect for this... relive your working days by sharing your wild experiences that many of us never ever experience online.

Books are hard to write, you will write and edit forever. Starting to blog about one photo at a time will develop your writing, get followers before you even get to the book stage, share all your memories, and find new friends worldwide.

You can use your blog posts later for the book, as you write little by little...

Just my two cents... from a webaholic here! Grin! I love my work on this website!

How do You Eat An Elephant? One bite at a time! Oh Yeah!

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