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Retired teacher's story

by Madeline
(Kansas)

It was very recent that I had retired. All my life I have been working as a school teacher. I really loved my job.


I loved teaching children, watching them grow, and generally being an active citizen of my community. It was upsetting, though, as I got closer to retirement age because I loved my job so much.

I really have never been one to have many hobbies so I was really feeling a great deal of anxiety because I didn't know what I would do without my job.

When I was preparing for retirement I was trying to come up with things to do during it. I was thinking of perhaps taking up gardening or something on that line. I had always wanted to learn to grow my own tomatoes and cucumbers and it would probably be an excellent time to take up the hobby. I thought so anyway.

Thankfully during the rest of my life I had never been much of a spender. I had a large safe full of money I had saved my whole life.

I also had a very large retirement plan so financially I was very stable. I just had a lot of trouble getting use to the idea physiologically.

Last year was the big yeah for me - it was the year I finally retired. I sat around the house all day, not really doing anything.

I would clean a lot. I think that at that time I became a bit obsessive compulsive over cleaning because I had nothing else to do.

Over time my family have helped me become a bit more comfortable with my retirement.

I do miss being in my former workplace. I miss seeing the children's faces. At the same time I still feel like I've had a very rewarding career and that I could probably use this time of rest.

Thankfully I am still able to see former students on a daily basis. I pass them by everyday in stores and other establishments.

I am very happy about my retirement even if sometimes I do get the blues.

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research reference
by: Jourdyn/ Philippines

Good Day!
I am a college student and I would like to know if what age you retire and how old are you when you started teaching.

Your positive feedback will be of great help for my undergraduate thesis to be used as a reference. Thank you and more power.

NEVER RETIRE
by: BALBIR SINGH

SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN A TEACHER ALL YOUR LIFE & LOVE CHILDREN, 1ST GO FOR HOLIDAY WITH YOUR FRIEND WHO MAY BE A TEACHER BUT NOT ALONE. THE CONTACT THE NEARBY SCHOOLS IN YOUR AREA & ASK THEM IF IT IS PERMITTED TO COACH THE WEAK STUDENTS EITHER IN THE SCHOOL OR IN YOUR HOME SAY 3 TIMES A WEEK
ALSO ADVERTISE OR SEE THE ADS FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS A TEACHER CUM GOVERNESS IN A STATELY HOME OR DO SOCIAL WORK FOR THE BLIND, ORPHANS, SENIORS ETC

Travel
by: Anonymous

I guess your not married,or maybe a widow.There are senior grups out there that go places of interest.See the US,Grand Canyon,Vegas,there is more than gambling there.Where you live if there are museums,zoo's etc go see them.Maybe you could even take some children that can't afford to go see a zoo and take a couple with you.

If you are involved in a church,maybe be a Sunday school teacher.Or donate time to children who have problems with school work, a tutor.

Don't waste your life away sitting at home.Especially if your in pretty good health.Be greatful you had a chance to retire.There are people out there that have to keep working.I am 56 and I can never retire.

I am lucky I have pretty good health.I try to stay in shape and eat good.I wish I had more time to read and do gardening.My husband gets to do those things cause he is on a disability and is home.Now he goes to the movies without me,I don't care for horror,vampier,and warewolf movies.

Hope you find things to do.Maybe I gave you a few suggestions to try.Take care and good luck.

Sandra


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