Top Ten Unexpected Things About Retirement

Top Ten Unexpected Things About Retirement

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.

Shop Early To Avoid Crowds
Shop Early To Avoid Crowds

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.

Take a Walk!
Take a Walk!

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.

A good newspaper and a glass of wine!
A good newspaper and a glass of wine!

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?”

 Photo By Chris Potter via StockPholio.com

Cheryl

Cheryl and her husband have just recently retired and live in the Pacific Northwest. She has been enjoying her herself by traveling around the world, playing with her grandchildren, and she frequently volunteers in her community. There is certainly never a dull moment with Cheryl. She cheerfully co-founded RetireBook and wants to share her energy, hoping that it inspires her readers to live life at its fullest.
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