April 14th, 2021: Reflecting on 11 years of retirement
by Wendy, Retirement Enthusiast/Coach
April 2010, I retired after 30+ years of County government service. I was dedicated to my employer and spent most of my waking hours on retirement issues. I never had kids, despite being married since 1980.
So, post-retirement, you are forgotten. There is no office gossip because you are no longer involved...it takes too long to bring you up to speed when you don't experience the daily atmosphere at work. Nobody calls to ask you how to do something, what the policy is -- they make their own rules and carry on. Right?
When I retired, my husband was still employed. My sister and her husband both remained employed. Only my parents were around to go out with me. So we shopped, visited doctors, and basically, I became the daily companion. In my off time, I worked on this website. It gave me purpose and continues to do so.
I wrote this post: One day before Retirement. I was surprised to find it today -- mostly that I wrote about the flowering trees! I still love those flowering trees!
Springtime is my review time -- maybe my renewal time! Then and Now!
Today, the world is faced with COVID. We no longer run out to stores just because... nothing else to do. We rarely dine in. We don't visit with family or friends. It's a ruthless world to live in, always worried and waiting. I've taken both vaccines now, but that doesn't guarantee I won't get COVID and doesn't guarantee I won't pass it on to someone. Michigan, April 2021, where I reside, is the worst state in the USA for COVID, seriously? Many people are no longer kind... social media out of control, and news stations seriously filter what we are shown.
I am personally comfortable in retirement. My daily routines are in place, yet I constantly challenge my mindset to change and live my best lifestyle.
I pray you are too! If you are not, write to me: Contact Wendy! Let me know what's happening in your life. Maybe, just maybe, I can put your issue into a different perspective or have an idea to help you move forward.
I want to end this post with a plea to all retirees:
Please be kind to each other. We all need more kindness in this crazy world!