My previous post listed ten questions I would like to ask retirees.
Question 2: Tell me something surprising about retirement.
I was surprised that it wasn’t easy working for myself. I was too lenient. I allowed myself to drift from one ‘great idea’ to the next without sinking my teeth into any one of them.
I guess I figured that with all the extra time, anything was possible.
I’ve written before about the shiny object syndrome .
I initially entered retirement with a ‘prove myself’ attitude and that too was frittered away by distraction and resistance. A year passed and I hadn’t completed nearly as many projects as I’d hoped to.
Other surprises? I didn’t read nearly as much as I expected to. But I also didn’t watch much TV. Even as I write this, I’m wondering…’what did I do with all that time?’.
More surprises in later posts. Thanks for reading.
Retire-Renewers, this is a three-minute wake-up call I’ve bookmarked for a weekly ‘revisit’.
I would love to hear how this TED talk might change an hour, a day, or a year of your life.
Because Stacey Kramer delivered this in 2010, you may be among the 3.7 million people who have already seen it.
Today was the first time I’d seen it. Much better late than never…
Quote from video: “So the next time you’re faced with something that’s unexpected, unwanted, and uncertain, consider…that it just may be…a gift.”
Today’s post is an excerpt from a draft of my mind-bending book on retirement.
[Okay, slight exaggeration.]
I’m also looking at setting up an online community.
If you’re interested…
A promise: Your email address will be used to inform you of the status of the book and community and will not be shared.
Questions I would ask fellow retirees…
- Tell me about a good day of retirement. Be as specific as you like.
- Tell me something surprising about retirement.
- What did you envision about retirement that hasn’t materialized?
- What is your most memorable day of retirement so far?
- What would you add to your typical retirement day? Be as imaginative as you would like.
- “One year from now, I hope that…”
- Do all the days blend together? In other words, are weekends any different from weekdays?
- Have you volunteered? No guilt here. Just wondering. What would be your first choice of a destination for volunteering?
- One piece of advice you would share with retirees–especially in their first year–would be…
- How is your retirement different from your parents’?
Retire-Renewers, even if you’ve already seen it, this is a three-minute wake-up call I’ve bookmarked for a weekly ‘revisit’.
I would love to hear how this might change an hour, a day, or a year of your life.
This TED talk is from 2010 and has been viewed by 3.7 million people.
And today was the first time I’ve seen it.
I went eight years without this ‘gift’ and, because of my jobs and pastimes, I spend a fair amount of time online.
A prime illustration of how wide and deep the Internet has become.
I recently used the term ‘play ethic’ [as opposed to work ethic]. Along with ‘trying new’, a play ethic is vital to positive vibes at the end of a day.
And now it’s time to turn to someone who’s looked even more deeply into ‘happiness’.
See if this talk by Matthieu Ricard doesn’t sharpen your own approach to an enriched retirement.