(Photo Details: Above-Sydney with work friends at her retirement party in 2008. Below-Sydney with Dad and Doug eight years into retirement.)
I’ve been retired for nearly eight years now. Over that time I’ve worried about money, and then stopped worrying about money. I’ve gone from wanting to travel all the time, to wanting to stick closer to home. I’ve gone from having no pets, to being adopted by a sweet kitty. I’ve taken up, and then given up a part-time job, hot yoga, and knitting. My interests have evolved over these years. And so have my concerns about retirement.
In fact I don’t really have many concerns with retirement these days. Early in my retirement I had concerns that many new or soon-to-be retirees share. Do I have enough money? How do I fill my time? What will make me still feel relevant, important, and productive? How do I talk about my retirement with friends and new acquaintances? Should I be volunteering? And how do I deal with guilt about not working anymore?
I can’t say when it happened that I don’t really think about these things anymore. But now I’m perfectly happy gardening, cleaning my house, writing, playing the piano, napping, volunteering, visiting with friends and family, and even doing nothing in particular. Which is probably why the frequency of my postings here on the blog has dwindled.
But I still receive wonderful emails from people contemplating or beginning their retirements asking those same questions I asked myself all those years. And many of those folks tell me they’ve gone back to read all those old posts, to get an idea about the transition into their own retirements. Or just to know that what they are experiencing is absolutely normal, even as they may be totally excited to be retired.
So I thought I’d take the next few weeks, or months, or whatever to go back through my old posts and do a series of then-and-now posts. I’ll take up some of those old issues—how retirement felt for me back then--and update them for what that’s like now, nearly eight years later.
I’ll include excerpts from those old posts and even some of the comments—good and bad. We’ll see how true some of my commenters’ predictions turned out. Hopefully this will be fun for readers both old and new. I know it will be fun for me!
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