A lifetime....up until now

by Ricardo

Ricardo is a new blogger on this retirement website, sharing his Retirement Journey with us!

Well, now that I am closing in on retirement, my present life appears to be one of considerable retrospection...it seems to be consuming my waking hours.

I look in the mirror and realize much to much time has passed, and much of it wasted on frivolous inconsequential things.....oh the importance of time!

I have learned at this "moment in time", just how very precious it is, a "jewel to be cherished", and savored, as one would fine wine. I started sharing some things at this web site on occasion, and it seems as though the "juices have been revitalized"....thanks in part to Wendy and her encouragement.

I suppose over the years I have been a frustrated author, poet, call it what you may, but I digress. The subject matter of this web site is to share insights with individuals approaching or in retirement. Since I have never been in this place in my life before, I really do not know how to act, what to say, or how to respond to the feeling that are pouring over me and flooding my emotional make up.

I guess that I am entering "A BRAVE NEW WORLD."

Many have gone before and many will follow. Some, less fortunate than the ones reading this print, will have never made it to this spot on the journey in life. I reflect back on friends, relatives and acquaintances that have crossed my path in life that passed on much to soon. Yet, everyone has "touched me", one way or another, and I am a better person for having known them....may they all "rest in peace."

I got involved in life and all its trials and tribulations, as many of us have. I now find myself nearing yet another chapter in this authors life. It of course will be what I make it, good, bad, indifferent....with no one to blame but myself....it will in fact be "A BRAVE NEW WORLD", with freedom to do as I choose.....some untested waters.

I am testing those waters almost on a daily basis....I never was a very agile swimmer. We shall see in the weeks and months to come how I am adjusting to the "waters." Adieu for now!

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Wendy" Ricardo, the part I bolded is so true! I remember thinking the same to myself -- what the HECK, I've helped so many retire, and yet I suddenly feel odd at work, don't know where I am headed, or who I am? What the HECK? Been there and done that!

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Sep 02, 2012
Adjusting to retirement.
by: Antoinette.

The beauty of retirement. You have so many choices. Keep working on a parttime basis. Pursue a hobby, something you wanted to do but had no time. Do volunteer work, one great opportunity to interact with other people and give back to the community. See my remarks regarding mingeling with young people in one of Wendys earlier news letters. Travel and see the world if you can afford it.

Most important, enjoy every day to the fullest because you do not know how much time the Lord will allow you.

Sep 02, 2012
Wonderful book on "US"
by: Judy

I am reading a great book called "What Are Old People For?: How Elders Will Save the World

Written by William H. Thomas, MD

He really gets into the ways aging occur and why. We age from the very beginning. One fact he has is that we begin to "age" around 25+ and it is a very slow process. We change 0.5 to 1.3% each year and there is no sudden change as that when we have growth spurts when young. We learn to adapt to it by different ways.

Retirement is one of the stages and those who adapt seem to do well and have a more positive attitude than those younger. He equates aged with full ripeness. I really like what I have read.

Wendy: Wow.. thanks Judy. Just ordered it as it does sound interesting. Added the Amazon link to this page in case anyone else wants to check it out!

Sep 02, 2012
Been there - Done that!
by: Irwin


Welcome to the everyday life of a retiree. I would venture to say many of us are, like you, frustrated writers, and so forth. But, the fact we are doing something about it, makes all the difference. And going on the assumption that our actions might spur others on to re-evaluate their position in life, well, then we have done our job.

I look forward to following your escapades as you enter yet another phase of your journey.


Sep 02, 2012
by: Joseph Kainikkara

Don't worry buddy, there has to be a 'first time' for every thing. Soon you would get adjusted to this phase in your life too. That is the beauty of life.

We tend to do meticulous planning of our life and even 'insure' the end of our life (death) But despite all this planning some times life takes most unexpected twists and turns. Don't look at life as a book of accounts. just see it as a beautiful poem. Don't waste your time calculating the gains and losses in your life. Take life in its stride.

Earl J. Turner's definition of life : "life is what we say we don't have enough of, until we turn back and see how much we have wasted".

So better don't turn back !

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