NOT Bored

by Joy

Retirement is what one makes of it. If you are bored with nothing to do in life then that is YOUR choice.

There are so many free programs in communities to join, free classes in almost every subject, volunteering using your own schedule, sharing teaching at a Senior Center. The list is endless.

I can find all kinds of reasons NOT to do something or a hundred excuses not to get up and get out. The truth is that is not the choice I have made. I wouldn't trade my retirement years. There are days I adjust life because of medical issues but push forward as soon as I can. Life is what we each make of it! Just don't give up and live in negativity!

Enjoying my retirement

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Not So Bored Anymore
by: Canadian Retiree

I got a real bad start to my retirement about 10 months ago. I was coming off sick leave, and preparing to return to work, but for some strange reason opted for retirement a year before my 65th birthday.

I went through a lot of turmoil as I wasn't really "ready" to retire. Maybe I needed to go back for one more "kick at the can". I still miss my job and my friends, I was quite connected to my work and my coworkers, they were my social contacts.

I have found activities to pass the time. I'm taking a water colour class and piano lessons. I also ice skate and am volunteering at a Seniors centre.

I still deliberate about a work return. There's a posting right now for my job as a temp. I just don't want a long commute anymore. I only have until Tuesday to apply as it closes. Hard to know what to do. Part of me wants to work the other part not so much. Oh well. Such is life.

Keep busy everyone, life is short!

Wendy: You've come a long way, girl! I just read this: "There's a posting right now for my job as a temp. I just don't want a long commute anymore. " and want to JUMP for JOY for you!"

by: Anonymous

Sorry, but I disagree. I moved from NY to South Carolina and had an awful time adjusting. Gave it three years then threw in the towel.

Not every location is a good fit for every person. I found that if you did not go to church you were an outcast - very different from my NY lifestyle.

My interests go far beyond college football and bible groups. Just not for me and life is too short to spend time pretending you are something you are not.

I am currently in AZ for a few months and am loving it. Much more to do, more diversity, access to beautiful areas. Then heading to the Pacific Northwest.

Retirement is a difficult adjustment - just be careful where you land.

Retirement is what you make it!
by: Irwin

Could not agree more with you. We are the makers of our destiny and whatever we want to do each day. When you are retired, it is we who make the call as to what we are going to do that day.

We can sit around eating twinkies and watching TV and complain "Woe is me - I am bored - what can I do?"
We can get up and do something - take a walk, start a puzzle, fix that closet door, call a friend you haven't spoken to in some time.

No boss to say you have to do this or you have to do that. So for those that say they are bored - I say you are bored because you want to be bored or do not want to do something different that may change the way you look at life.

Anything we do in life requires effort and if you don't want to give effort to do something different, well - I guess what it really boils down to is you are enjoying what you are doing.

That is my two cents and I am sticking to it! In conclusion though, I wish everyone a good day and a good week in whatever you choose to do with the rest of your life. The choice is yours!

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