Retirement, is it to be feared or Revered?

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I have now reached that part of my life that some fear and some look forward to Retirement, find out how I am coping.

It all started on 23rd March 2012

Retirement according to Wikipedia is the point where a person stops employment completely, the official retirement age varies from country to country, in Cambodia for example its 55 but for most country’s it’s around the 65 mark in the UK its 68.

When I sold my business on 23rd March 2012 just three months before my 70th birthday I officially became retired, now five months on I can now reflect a little on just how it is to be retired.
What if any difference will there be in my life, will it be like being on holiday not just for a few weeks but for ever, and how will I adjust to my new lifestyle?

These and many other questions went through my mind, leading up to that date, well I now have a much clearer picture on how life is with me now I am retired, the things I have noticed that are different, and how I am handling a more sedentary regime.

Soap Operas!! thank goodness for Cricket.

One of the first things I noticed, or should I say discovered, was that out of the 480 channels I could choose from, daytime television was mind-numbingly dull, even though I have smart TV that allows me to surf the internet as well, I still get very quickly bored, unless of course there was cricket or football on and then I could survive the torment.

What with house selling programs bargain hunt programs not to mention the second rate foreign as well as the home bred soap operas; I soon discovered that the TV was not going to be a big part of my leisure time activities.

Although I love the garden I have to admit I am not one of these that are classed as “A keen Gardener” but saying that I do take care on the lawn, and it now gets a lot more care and attention now than it has ever done.

A man of leisure

Obviously the odd trip out to the countryside is now not just for the weekends and a trip to the supermarket is a lot less tedious as I have no time limits, I don’t have to rush home and get on with other jobs, and we can even stop for a coffee, but it’s still not one of my favourite pastimes.

If any jobs need doing in the house I have always tended to “get a little man in” so I can’t jump on the DIY bandwagon, so what the hell do I do now that I am a man of leisure?

Living the good life

I now go to the gym once a week, I really enjoy that and it gets me away from the house, this keeps the wife very happy, which is always a bonus, I have joined a wine club, they have a monthly meeting with wine tasting and talks on a whole host of things.

I love horse racing and an occasional trip to one of the three racetracks near me Fontwell, Plumpton and Goodwood is a real treat, and Ascot is not that far away, but most of my time now is devoted to my true love, Writing.

The benefits are many

I could never find enough time, it always seemed to get squeezed in between other things but now I can if I wish, spend the whole day researching and studying subjects for my next piece.

Retirement is wonderful and that includes the passing of the dreaded 65 old age pensioner zone, I now take the bus (For free) rather than use the car thanks to my OAP bus pass, I get cheaper train fairs so more trips to London are on the cards, it’s cheaper now, to get into country houses, zoos, even safari parks and many other places of interest.
Conclusion: I love being retired.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
17th Jul 2012 (#)

I suppose, Johnny, that I became "Officially" retired when I sold both my photography business and my home improvements business two years ago, but I never really retired in the true sense of the word. I am busier than ever with writing, public speaking, teaching courses at the library, doing volunteer work, etc. I don't think that I will ever really "Retire" until they plant me somewhere and I have no intentions of being planted anywhere for another thirty years or so. For me the great thing about being "officially" retired is that I get to pick and choose how I keep busy instead of having clients to tell me how I will stay busy.

Nice article, Johnny.

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author avatar johnnydod
17th Jul 2012 (#)

Well when you put it like that Jerry, I suppose I am in the same position as you, thanks for the comments mate.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
17th Jul 2012 (#)

Well I know in my profession I would never reach retirement age. But have fun in life just as well.
I used to shop at Sainburys and Marks and Sparks out there. The latter has great collection the former great chicken tikka and rice.
Well, I am just 33 years of age, am so tired of my retired life that I have clicked on reverse to go back to origin to start my fun filed life all over again and this time with no break till I say okay I need a break now.
Hate sitting doing nothing and that is the bottom line of life.
Retirement brings death, saw it in my dad who retired on almost the same date as what you mentioned had his birthday in July and was no more in November at age 53.
Keep busy, dont let the boring life get to you, its easy to let go of life when you retire.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
17th Jul 2012 (#)

I couldn't agree with you more, Lady A than whe you wrote "Retirement brings death, saw it in my dad who retired on almost the same date as what you mentioned had his birthday in July and was no more in November at age 53.
Keep busy, dont let the boring life get to you, its easy to let go of life when you retire." I'll be 69 in September and my doctors keep telling me that, except for a little arthritis, I'm healthier than most men, half my age.

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author avatar johnnydod
17th Jul 2012 (#)

Well if I can keep getting my bits replaced with plastic and metal I will be fine lol so far I have some Scaffolding in my main heart Artery and as you know a new knee I wonder what I will replace next???

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
17th Jul 2012 (#)

I do not see myself as ever retiring in the sense that I never see myself as stopping work. Whatever age 65, 68, 70, 80, I oppose having an enforced retirement age. As long as a person is capable and willing they should be able to continue working. For me the difference if the older I get the more I control my own time.

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
17th Jul 2012 (#)

I anticipate it with no small degree of both excitement and sheer terror!

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author avatar stevetheblogger
17th Jul 2012 (#)

Johnny Great article, I took retirement very hard health seemed to go down the toilet overnight, I also always seemed to have a glass of wine in my hand and life stank. That was until I went back to writing and my life turned around and I no longer felt useless. Now I ditto Jerry s comment and di not seem to have a spare minute in the day and its so nice to belong to a community again
Best Wishes
Steve

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author avatar johnnydod
17th Jul 2012 (#)

Gee that's good to hear Steve.

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author avatar Jeremy Mailman
17th Jul 2012 (#)

I just started my retirement.

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author avatar johnnydod
17th Jul 2012 (#)

And now the fun begins Jeremy

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author avatar Ramalingam
17th Jul 2012 (#)

You seem to be enjoying your retired life and you are completely at ease too.Enjoy!

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author avatar Val Mills
18th Jul 2012 (#)

Wonderful piece of writing Johnny! Looking forward to reading articles about your wine club experiences :-) and great that you're making it to the gym, I haven't used my gym membership since I injured my foot last year! I have a feeling the word retirement will become obsolete eventually and an other word will replace it, something to do with making choices and controlling one's life.

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author avatar johnnydod
18th Jul 2012 (#)

Thanks Val
I think your right about the name as well, as we all live a lot longer so things shall change.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
18th Jul 2012 (#)

I look forward to retired life with anticipation, Johnny. I will then not work for others but hopefully for myself - having more time to enjoy those that I miss now when have to meet deadlines. We live on hope! I remember my friend saying - he thought of playing golf, going to theater etc., two to three days a week but ended up washing dishes three times a day! siva

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author avatar Don Rothra
18th Jul 2012 (#)

Nice work. Been there, done that.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
19th Jul 2012 (#)

never bothered about retirement. The more one thinks the worse it is. Take it as phase of life.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
19th Jul 2012 (#)

To me retirement can never be boring! It just is another phase of life and it is what you make of it. There is so much yet to learn and one has more untapped talents then they can imagine. I love being able to write articles and songs, read, garden, sew, visit family, and, I don't even mind working around the house. Retirement does not mean we stop living, it is just the opposite. When I worked full time I did not have time to learn new things and expand my horizons!!!

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author avatar yugasini
20th Jul 2012 (#)

hi Jonnydod,

very nice article, i could not upload more than one photo in my articles,how to add more photos in articles,have a nice day

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author avatar johnnydod
20th Jul 2012 (#)

This might help Yugasini
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author avatar Delicia Powers
22nd Jul 2012 (#)

great points and article...

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
24th Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you, Johnny. I am so pleased you are enjoying your retirement. I took an early retirement after 17 years, going past reception feet first, (on a gurney). I really don't care for parties and "hoopla", so it was a nice, quiet, unceremoniial although not ss

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
24th Jul 2012 (#)

....unceremonial event. It was a nice day, the sky was blue with littlle white clouds.........

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