As I sit in the mall, I contemplate my pending retirement.
I have been off all week trying to "burn off" the mountain of time that I have on the books so that I will not loose it when I finally retire January 31st. As I look around at this hour of the morning, I am viewing seniors that come to the mall to "walk." They appear to be in a "zombie like" state. Is this what the future offers for yours truly? These people appear to be robotic.
There has got to be more than this to retirement.
I think that I may approach one of these individuals and ask them some questions. Did they work their entire lives and have now resorted to this, mall walking? There has to be so much more out there, and I intend to "turn over as many rocks" as possible to find it!
Other younger people that I am observing appear to be "glued" to their electronic equipment, again, "zombie like."
What happened to "eye contact" during a conversation, a smile, a handshake, a joke, interaction?
We need ALL of the above.....especially as we age. Let us not forget that it can be a very long and lonely road in life if we do not reach out to our fellow man.
Say hello, smile, exchange pleasantries, it costs us nothing, and it might brighten someones day, week, or life!
Ricardo, this is so true! I watch retirees walk at our mall sometimes, Looking down, no smiles, just walking deep in thought (or no thoughts).
When I walk with my own parents, I make sing song noises... everyone looks, they are slightly embarrassed, tho laughing, I yell out YOOO HOOO just to make folks LOOK!!
When someone does smile at me, or chats a bit, I know I made a difference in their day!!