by Ken P
(New York City, NY)
I retired almost a year ago and was very nervous about how I would occupy my time and my mind. Although I felt excited about retiring, it also made me anxious.
Since I am not married, I have been able to read many of the books that I have been meaning to read. I take about an hour every morning to read without interruption.
Then, I make breakfast and read the newspaper to try to understand what is going on in the world. I think that when I was working, it was very easy to distance myself from such news, but now that I have the time, I am very caught up on current events globally. I like how it makes me feel.
I try to exercise a bit because I want to maintain a health heart and healthy body. This is also good for my mental health because it allows my mind to wander in ways that it cannot during daily tasks.
As a resident of New York City, there are many ways to occupy my day. I visit museums and walk the streets. I have also become part of a retirement club in which a bunch of retired folks meet once or twice a week to go to the movies, go to lunch, or just to spend time together. We try to do new and fun things together like bowling or a little getaway outside of the city.
I have to say that my life in retirement has been filled with excitement, happiness, and a carefree attitude. I am so grateful for my life as it is today.
Although I do not have a wife to share this experience with, I have found that sharing it with myself is quite a pleasure.
Each night, I come home and pray for the many blessings that I have received in my life. Retirement has made my life a true treasure.
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