“I am so looking forward to next year,” she said. “I just want to sleep and exercise and travel for fun. And relax. It sounds so ordinary, but I haven’t done it for 20 years. I would like to see whether I can get untired. I work out and stuff, but I don’t do it enough and I don’t do it hard enough because I can’t expend that much energy on it.”
I have a feeling that this soon-to-be retiree will get involved in some meaningful volunteer work, just like her husband did when he retired. Sure, she needs some time to just acclimate to a slower-paced life. You can tell she’s yearning for that, although I am not aware of a time in her life that she ever lived a slow-paced life.
As I wrote about yesterday, a lot of the benefits of retirement are very ordinary, sleep, exercise, travel, and fun. She is no different than the rest of us, just looking to slow down a little. Actually, I think she probably is different than the rest of us. I think that in a few years, she may decide she’s re-charged and ready for the next thing.
Of course, she’s already 65 years old, but I think she may decide she’s ready for something big, something really big. Sure, she’ll be 69 years old in 2016, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she ran for president again.
My advice to Hillary Clinton: Take at least a year off. Enjoy, relax, see what it feels like to be retired. Sure, maybe you'll want to volunteer for a cause that you think is important, but don’t rush it. You deserve a little time off, to just be a normal retiree. And if you just want to stay retired, well that’s ok too. You’ve earned it.
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