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Reflections

January 20, 2014

Reflections on Retirement 10 Years In

Someone who is recently retired said to me, “I am so busy. I just don’t understand. We are retired, and we’re working harder now than we ever did before.”

Well, my friends, I was told the same thing by a good friend, and I positively did not believe her – but it’s true. Working at a day-to-day job is far easier and less tiring than many a retirement – unless you make up your mind to not allow that to happen.

I believe most recent retirees think one of three things. Either they are concerned that as they are getting older if they don’t keep busy their mind will get “rusty.” Or they think that now they can do ALL THOSE THINGS they didn’t have time for before.  They might also think they can fix something in a club, a church, or whatever, that needs fixing with more time and effort.

However, there are many, many ways to keep your mind and body active without joining extra groups or clubs. You can go to a gym like the one at the hospital and get supervised exercise, or you can take a walk every day. You can walk at home or at the park or at the school, or you can get a state park pass and walk, jog, ride bike or horse at Lake Mineral Wells! Those are all body stimulations, but there are mind stimulations, too.

Reading comes to mind as a great way to exercise your brain, but there are other ways as well. You can attend programs put on by the public library, the state park, or by historical societies in the area. You can go to concerts in Weatherford or Fort Worth, and, of course, you can play games on your iPad or computer.

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