The Joy (and Jokes) of Retirement

The only reason for my retirement was because of health reasons – I was sick of my company and my company was sick of me. I knew if I was the last one to laugh at my boss’s joke, then I would not be too far from retirement. The best time to start thinking my retirement was before the boss does.

Working people have a lot of bad habits, but the worst of these is work. I told myself there’s one thing I always wanted to do before I quit – retire!

So one day, I returned  from work day and said to my wife, “Hi, Honey, I”m home – forever.”  From that moment on, I knew I switched bosses – from the one who hired me to the one who married me.  It turned out that my wife was happy because she knew that when a man retires, his wife gets twice the husband although receiving only half the income; knowing that if you have the time, you won’t have the money. If you have the money, you won’t have the time. The question isn’t at what age I wanted to retire, it’s at what income.

Then there was the memorable farewell party hosted by the company. My colleagues generously presented me with a watch at a time when time is no longer of essence. It is time I stepped aside for  less experienced persons. I knew that I have made a graceful exit at the most appropriate time

As I have retired from work, but not from life, I need something to retire to, so one of these things I set out to do was writing a blog. Retirement without the love of letters is a living burial.

I knew that I was taking my days off from my days off. Retirement is a time to enjoy life!  A time to do what you want to do, when you want to do it, how you want to do it. Retirement is wonderful. . . . . .  it’s doing nothing without worrying about getting caught at it.

Life begins at retirement. The concept of freedom is never truly realized untl one settles into retirement mode. Although, I have been taking many laps in my retirement, retirement is not a time to sleep, but a time to awaken to the beauty of the world around you and the joy that comes when you cast out all the negative elements that cause confusion and turmoil in your mind and allows serenity to prevail. Retirement has been a discovery of beauty for me. I never had the time before to notice the beauty of the lilies I love, the landscape and the tree outisde my own very window. . . . . . and the beauty of time itself.

A man cannot retire his experience, he must use it. So, I have been teaching, writing and using my previous experience as far as circumstances allow. I promise to keep on living as though I expected to live forever. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul!

PS  The above is just a compilation of many Retirement quotes by this Retiree; the use of the originators’ ( dead or alive) quotable quotes is deeply acknowledged. They include George Foreeman, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Mason Cooley, Catherine Pulsifer, M K Soni, Clarence Darrow, R C Sheriff, Hartman Jule, Henry Emerson Fosdick, Gene Perret, Douglas McArthur and Seneca.

26 thoughts on “The Joy (and Jokes) of Retirement

  1. Thanks for your comment. Most retireee would have some financial planning prior to retirement. However, there is also an inner psychological journey which each retiree would travel, from the time he plans his retirement to the time he / she actually retires. It would be much better if we are mentally and pyschologically prepared for this once-in-a -lifetime transition. I wish I had more preparation for this transition.

  2. I think you should have retired 1-2 years earlier ,instead of being a pain in the neck to your boss.
    When a person retires, he should treasure the no. of days he is expected to live(very frightening when you relate it to no. of days) , rather than count the no. of years.

  3. The truth was that I have been too accomodating; as such, I have never been a pain to anybody.
    We still may have around 10,000 days to go, if we are lucky!

    • Quite true. I think the frightening part is if you live on $500 / day, then you need $5million.
      This is not a high estimate if it also includes the cost of housing and inflation.

  4. Thank you for the ‘like’ on Views From My World 🙂 Happily, your like led me to your blog, which I like very much…you have a new follower!

  5. I take my retirement one breath at a time and try to not worry about tomorrow…My new found hoby of photography has given me a new lease on life…sorta speak. Thanks for your pics and your words. Mud

  6. So you have been blogging a year now. It’s good to know your portfolio is still relatively young. I look forward to many more visits back here. Today is the first time I’ve really relaxed and started getting acquainted with it. You have a tremendous following! Understandably so. It’s like a vacation.

  7. I look forward to the day when I fully retire, or more likely move on to a new endeavor. I am still working part time at the same company. I can feel the time you quote approaching, most likely in 6 to 18 months from now, if my boss doesn’t get tired of me first. I will never have enough money, so it doesn’t matter. My wife’s lingering illness and her passing away used our retirement savings, as it should be.

    • Part time work could be a good transition to full retirement. People are living longer and longer and the medical bill becomes higher and higher. Sorry to learn about your wife. Hope you enjoy your full retirement when it comes. Thank you 🙂

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