Why is everyone so down on retirement?
I'm sort of surprised to read a lot of these comments, and saddened that so many people seem to be at such a loss during retirement. I retire next year. I will be 59.
I've planned very carefully for this so that my husband and I will be ok financially, though, I admit, it's a bit nerve wracking to cut the financial umbilical cord that a job represents. Other than that, I'm very excited about it.
My husband and I will be moving as soon as I retire. (He's retired already. ) I love the idea of a brand new beginning in a new place.
I have so much I want to do; so many things I could only do in my limited free time during my working life: I will sew ( I design and make my own clothing, I think I will really be able to pursue this in retirement, I will be able to make jewellery, garden, cook and make wonderful meals. I have a degree in fine arts, and long ago, had dreamed of pursuing my painting and drawing and printmaking; I will finally be able to indulge my self in my artwork.
I want to go back to university and take classes in Gothic Romantic Fiction, and Shakespeare. I love languages, and plan on furthering my knowledge of French, and I think I would like to pursue studying Italian too. I plan on making every day of my life something pleasant, and full of peace, and beauty. I will iron my antique linen tablecloths and make breakfast in the early morning.
My husband and I will go for a long walk on the beach after the evening's good dinner. We will sit outside under the pergola, and I will serve coffee Bodum coffee pots with a lovely cake I have made from scratch. We will enjoy all the simple and lovely moments that are there in every day, and we will find peace. The evenings will drop slow and gracefully, and I plan to really see every lovely moment, instead of feeling driven and stressed as I have in my very demanding working life.
There is so much to savour, and I will not lose sight of that.
Like every other experience in life, you can choose how you will receive it. I truly believe that.