It’s funny, the writing thing, people take you so literally. Last week I wrote about some of the things that may be difficult for people as they transition to retirement. A few people took it to mean that I’m not happy in retirement. I thought I was being kind of funny, but as with most humor, it did have a grain of truth to it. Writing by definition is a literal sport, so I shouldn’t be surprised to be taken so literally.
My husband thinks my blog is making him look old. Yesterday someone commented that I’m probably unhappy in part, because my husband is older than I. For the record, he’s younger, but not by much. I don’t like to wear clothes that make me look fat, so I understand his concern that my blog is making him look old. Especially since he didn’t even choose this outfit in the first place.
My uncle coined a phrase that I like, “taking a random sampling and making a glittering generality out of it.” This is a technique I sometimes employ in my writing, like when I categorize retirees into happy, almost-happy, and not-so-happy.
The truth is, each retiree is a little of all those people from time to time, spending varying amounts of time at each degree of satisfaction. Retirement is kind of like real life that way.
I just discovered a new blogger, Bob, at “A Satisfying Retirement Lifestyle.” He’s been retired for nine years now and has started writing about the various stages a retiree goes through when transitioning to the life of leisure. I appreciate someone who’s been at it for so long sharing his journey, both the easy parts and the hard parts. I look forward to reading more insights as he reveals them.
I spend most of my time in a pretty happy state of retirement, perhaps that’s just luck of disposition. Have I experienced the “10 Retirement Letdowns?” Sure, at some point, almost every one of them. What does it mean if you have too? Well there’s a word for that, it’s called normal.
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