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The ArtsRetirement offers a terrific way to enjoy life. You are able to volunteer for so many things you are interested and care about. I created and ran a folk festival, usher for theater and music events and of course, I am free to spend time with my children and grandchildren. It’s a great time to give back to the community.

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Retirement CottageWell, I guess I am truly an ElderChick as I have decided to sell my house and move into a retirement home. And you know, I am quite happy about the decision. I am alone now and it isn’t much fun. I retired and my husband died. I have a great house, not too big, but lonely so I decided to make the move. I selected a cottage at a retirement home with two bedrooms. There are dozens, literally, of things to do there, from the gym and ceramics to a poetry group. It’s a huge change, but I am ready, if one if ever really ready, to make such a big life change.

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Interesting to see the perspective from the other side of 65. I suppose that, when I talked about my plans for retirement, it described what I would do if I retired now, without having learned all the lessons one learns between 30 and 65.These lessons probably include things like, “You feel better when you take care of your body” and “Investing in your health is worth it in the short term, not just the long term.”It probably also includes some lesson like, “Having nothing to do is no fun.” This I can intuit, but I can’t yet understand. It’s such a prevalent notion, and millions of retirees intentionally stay busy when they don’t have to, so I have to believe that it is valid. (more…)

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Well, I did retire last year. Still not gettig all the sleep I would like to have, but it is nice not to HAVE to get up at a specific time. On the other hand, sleep may be overrated. It takes time away from living.

I find that now that I am retired instead of eating the cake, I joined a gym! I had joined one while working, but getting there at 5:30 a.m. didn’t cut it for me. Now I can get to the gym at times when it is not crowded and do my thing. I’m also taking a water exercise class that meets twice a week at 9 a.m. So I am trying actually to become MORE healthy as I get older because the body parts seem to be wearing thin.

I meet with friends for lunch or dinner, I read what I want when I want, I work in glass and have more time to do it. I’m planning on travelling more. And no, I don’t wear heels.

Retirement is great, but I plan to find some part-time work or volunteer work that interests me, because although I have been an avid reader all my life, one cannot spend all the time reading. I already volunteer for Hadassah and will probably do more, but I’m thinking about becoming a docent for the National Gallery of Art in addition.

What I do know, that is if you are lucky enough to be fairly healthy, there are so very many options open to pursue, and I hope to pursue many of them.

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