Most Anyone who is retired will tell you it’s a dream come true. It took me a whole year to wake up without the urgency of getting to work. Pinch me – is this real? I get to do what I want, when I want, stay in my jammies all day if I want? Really? But it’s not all what you thought it would be. Here’s my top ten unexpected things about retirement.
Here’s a couple of things that were unexpected.
1. All that worrying about less money coming in was a waste of time. We quickly adapted to the new budget. Get over it – you have less money and must learn to live in your new reality. The sooner you adapt to less money, the better life will become. What on earth did I do with all that money, anyway?
2. No one cares if you stay in your jammies all day.
3. Grocery shopping is best at 9 am when all those poor souls are at work. Don’t even think of going after 3 PM.
4. The government sends me money every month! I still have a paycheck – it’s just what you’ve earned for watching TV, playing golf, knitting or travelling. Now you get paid for doing fun stuff!
5. I love taking a walk in the middle of the day. Same for taking a nap.
6. I’ve learn to ask for a senior discount. You’d be amazed how many are offered.
7. I am now a “senior” and its ok if I don’t pressure-wash the driveway, climb up on the roof, or paint the house. I can ask for help from family, younger friends or pay someone to do these things. Retirement time in a cast is wasted time. Protect yourself.
8. Its fun to learn new things. My library has free magazines with interesting articles. I pick up the National Geographic and Smithsonian publications and read them all.
9. Volunteering is much more fun when you don’t have a job to work around. Find something that interests you.
10. You will only have a social circle if you make one and keep at it. Call someone to go to lunch. “I’m heading to Costco, want to come?”