Retirement best years of my life

by JoAnn

I was an Rn in an acute care hospital for over 25 years. Stressful. Patients were usually great people and I loved patient care but coworkers and supervisors were a bunch of negative , spiteful, mean witches. The male ones were even worse. So retirement started almost 18 years ago and I am now 80.

I am fortunate enough to have a vintage husband who still walks and talks, a lovely daughter who lives 12 miles away and 4 spoiled little dogs. Sadness comes in the form of two very sick disabled grandsons who live a mile from my home. That is a heartbreak that never eases.

however, each day brings a blooming flower, a new song bird, a trip to the library or goodwill and there is joy to be found in those simple things if one just looks for it. waking in the morning is the time to say what you are grateful for. I have lost my hearing but I am grateful I still have my sight.

Be pleasant to the people who work in stores because many people aren't nice to them. People fear other people so they are suspicious if I act friendly, but I do it anyhow, because its the right thing to do. Pick up trash and drive with courtesy.

It makes you feel better about yourself to be nice.

JoAnn

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Retired after 35 yrs
by: Linda

Hi JoAnn, I'm an LPN loved my patients ,worked in all depts of hospital but especially loved E.R., O.R and ICU. .
While doing private duty fractured my back so retired couldn't even do my medical insurance exams.

Been retired since 2005 moved to Ca. from Pa to be near my so and family. Love it, don't miss the snow.

I found out once a nurse always a nurse. I help out where I live ,stay active as you. This is the key to older age.

It can be hard
by: Elizabeth , West Virginia

I retired 35 months ago, sold my house and with some hesitation moved in with my youngest daughter in West Virginia. My son in law was in agreement and great help with the move.

I also had a stressful job, working with the same company for 37 years and at the age of 81, it was a shock to my system.

This year has been full of family problems and health issues. I should feel the stress but for some reason, I feel a real peace within myself,, can it be I have stopped fighting the world. I can't solve the problems over which I have no control, that does not mean not supporting the causes I feel a real passion. My charity knitting gives me great satisfaction, I keep busy and try to continue to learn.

May I send my best wishes for the holiday season, may I hope for you to search and find that inner peace in the upcoming year of 2018.

It can be hard
by: Elizabeth, West Virginia

I retired 35 months ago, sold my house and with some hesitation moved in with my youngest daughter in West Virginia. My son in law was in agreement and great help with the move. I also had a stressful job, working with the same company for 37 years and at the age of 81, it was a shock to my system.

This year has been full of family problems and health issues. I should feel the stress but for some reason, I feel a real peace within myself,, can it be I have stopped fighting the world. I can't solve the problems over which I have no control, that does not mean not supporting the causes I feel a real passion. My charity knitting gives me great satisfaction, I keep busy and try to continue to learn.

May I send my best wishes for the holiday season, may I hope for you to search and find that inner peace in the upcoming year of 2018.

Retirement best years
by: Sherry/ NC

You are exactly right, Joanne, being "nice" is the way to go. I always loved being around nice people and loved my nice coworkers!

I try to be nice to everyone and always have a smile for everyone.

Response to Jo Ann
by: Anonymous

Thank you ...what a delightful post. If we age still active and healthy we indeed have much to be grateful for.

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