Retirement is supposed to a good thing, but it can be awkward. I knew to stay busy. There is always something that means a lot to you (suitable for a group and in front of the TV by yourself).
Everything I put on hold after high school has come rushing back to me (though there are moments when I feel like it is all running at me and knocking me over). What did I like as a kid and can I do it now? That is the big question when approaching retirement. Retirement for me now is as busy as my work years. I use Outlook, Post-It Notes, and a doc file to keep myself organized and to remember what I want to do.
I did start a journal, as all the various support groups told me to (after the loss of my spouse). This is something everyone should consider doing, even if you are not a writer. There are times I wish I had started this sooner.
I use a digital recorder for my thoughts when I’m out and about rather than relying on paper and pen. If I’m driving, then I pull over and have the recorder ready, much easier than scrambling for paper to write on. If I see something of interest and I don’t want to use the SmartPhone, then the recorder comes in handy.
I know I don’t want to be like a friend who repeatedly whispered into my shoulder ‘nothing is mine, not even my room,’ until her son arrived from White Plains. My friend had moved into a home in early 2017, because she thought food made by others and having the outdoor stuff done by others would make her life easier. She just wasn’t busy.
This Group is helping me, a lot.
“Sometimes you have to be lost to find yourself again.” - Unknown