Now just calm down everybody. I’m not trying to sell anything here. Unless, of course–okay, never mind.
Having just learned why deer don’t eat daffodils, I moved on to uses for stale coffee beans. (Not at all related, but that’s the thing, retired guys, why waste time on linear thinking?)
Son of a gun if I didn’t run across some life-changing tips…
Coffee Affection tells me to use it on my scalp to stimulate hair growth and improve its texture.
I can see it now (assuming anyone would be seen in public with me)…
Desperate friend in need of social contact: Oooh! I’m smelling some nice Italian Roast.
Me (tilting my head toward him): Yep, double-duty! Great with my morning scone and an hour later, the dregs were in my scalp.
Desperate friend (flicking soggy grounds off my shoulder): You are supposed to rinse’em out, right?
Me: Eventually. But the ski cap contains it pretty well…Hey, where you going?
So, yes, the photo suggests something waaaay more exciting, noble, and daring than my ‘new ventures’, but I liked the photo so there you go!
Retirement is still a reality and one of my interests, but I’ve drifted toward:
Anyway, I’ll probably be using retirerenew blog to post links to my other blogs, and a few other inspirations, since they’re all part of the ‘renewal and creative reinvention’ process.
This post–40 Regrets You Don’t Want to Have in 40 Years–is a lot to digest, so I actually read this in two stages.
But there is still plenty of material for us later-years folks to consider here.
Yeah, the rest of the world feels like a complete pain in the, well, somewhere on your person.
Okay, not the rest of the world, but let’s just call them the pandemic and the politically whacked-out corners of the world. Quote from a loved one: “This pandemic is pissing me off!”
But here in retirement world, I have to feel grateful…
— for my retirement partner, wife, fellow consumer of baked goods, dog-walking teammate, L, who clearly has a greater capacity/tolerance level for stomaching current events than I do. She can doom-scroll with the best of them.
— for the dog who uses me as his personal piece of comfort-and-security furniture. Currently, his chin is on my lower leg, thus rendering any slight eye-twitch or muscle spasm on my part as an irrefutable message that I am reaching for a food bit to feed him.
— for the pair of mourning doves perched on our fence, within easy reach of my bleary eyes, but brought closer by my trusty binoculars. (And no, neighbors, I only use them to spy on nature, thank you very much.)
— for the fresh-baked 1/2 all-purpose, 1/4 whole wheat, 1/4 dark rye seed bread right out of our oven.
— for a day where–even in pandemic times–I have an array of choices of explorations…and distractions.
— for my cameras/phone to record the choice moments of any given day.
— for my/our health to pursue all of the above. [I don’t want to jinx next month’s annual exam, however…]
Here’s hoping you find similar corners of joy, safe from the craziness parade of 2021, aka ‘I’m not 2020, but I ain’t much better’.
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Slow motion multitasking. Interesting…
Those times when the stars align and the world attends to your every whim…
Why this photo? The phone is put aside. Ditto with the remote. But the steaming drink [sniff, sniff…is that a hint of brandy?] is begging for your attention.
Need more affirmation of your downshift? Let’s consult a six-year-old boy [and his tiger].
Want more suggestions?
Check out usnews.com’s The Art of Doing Nothing in Retirement . Warning: While the suggestions are solid, the sensory assault of the ads might be annoying and send you back to the ever-wise Calvin.
To spare you of the onslaught, here are the first three points:
- Let go of the guilt.
- There will be a period of adjustment.
- Welcome the lower stress levels
Continuing my persistent effort at ‘trying new’…
Since I’ve retired, I’ve always been interested in how other folks in their next chapter are adjusting to and enjoying this new stage.
I penned out a long list of questions I’d like to ask others. Here’s a sampling.
- What new things do you most want to do?
- What old things do you most want to revisit now that you probably have more time?
- What do you want to be on guard against? [i.e. bad habits, etc.]
- Is there anything you would want to teach others to do?
- What has surprised you about yourself since you retired?
Let me know if you’d like to either send text answers or opt for a quick audio interview.
Been a retiree for a while now. I’m always interested to see what others in my age range are thinking. Here are two I visit two or three times a week and a site new to me.
https://seniorplanet.org Here’s an article on ‘how to get creative in later life’ via an interview with Julia Cameron [Author: It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again]
https://sixtyandme.com This one is directed toward women over 60, but still lots of valuable info for all readers. This post [How to Develop Creative Ideas and Get More From Life After 60] draws from content from the book Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind by Carolyn Gregoire and Scott Barry Kaufman.
http://thirdage.com I just recently came across this one and I like the balance of topics. From this site: Four Reasons Being Creative Will Make You Happier As You Grow Older