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Unread 11-07-2011, 05:44 PM
 
Location: New England
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Default Retirees Tired of Worldly Concerns

I know that as a good citizen I should be out there making a difference by advocacy, etc. Truth is, I spent a good deal of my younger years doing social good and now I feel like the world will spin on after I'm gone so I should just ignore the news (me, a former journalist ), kick back, soak up the sun, and vej out. Then I start to feel guilty having this attitude. Anyone else tired of worldly concerns at our age and just want to ignore it all and pretend everything's ok (which it isn't for a huge number of people out there)???
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Unread 11-07-2011, 05:57 PM
 
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yep

also when you have seen it before you know it when you see it again. got through it before, will get through it this time too
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Unread 11-07-2011, 05:58 PM
 
Location: New England
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yep

also when you have seen it before you know it when you see it again. got through it before, will get through it this time too

What is "it"?
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Unread 11-07-2011, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Yes, I do and one of my main things to IGNORE is politics.
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Unread 11-07-2011, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Hills & Hollers of SW MO
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My wife and I each spent about 20 years working in politics and legislation for our former state - me for the administrations (Governors and their offices), she for various commissions and organizations. It's what ultimately brought us together 20 years ago. It was fun while it lasted but ultimately was not sustainable for either of us. We became sickened and jaded by the entire process and the people who attended it - those elected and those appointed. Now we just sit back and shake our heads about what happens where we are and nationally. We've thought about advocacy and grass-roots organizing (she's better at those than I am. I'm no slouch but better as a policy wonk) and then banish the thought and just enjoy what we have. It makes our lives infinitely more pleasant and uncluttered.
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Unread 11-07-2011, 07:00 PM
 
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I just turned off MSNBC. I'm liberal, but I was just getting tired of it. Got to be good to ourselves, especially when we can't save the world even by worrying about it 24/7.
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Unread 11-07-2011, 07:52 PM
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Location: Rocky Mountains Wasatch Front
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I think it's a healthy thing - to NOT be connected 24/7 - to television, the internet, the news, the crises of the world.

I just got a new laptop (old one bit the dust)....I had been without one for a number of months. I was sleeping better, less agitated, less stressed. What's not to like, eh?

Perhaps its a function of aging.... but I am so much happier NOT knowing what's going on - NOT keeping up, not worrying about every little thing.... because much of it IS out of my control .
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Unread 11-07-2011, 08:08 PM
 
Location: earth?
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I know that as a good citizen I should be out there making a difference by advocacy, etc. Truth is, I spent a good deal of my younger years doing social good and now I feel like the world will spin on after I'm gone so I should just ignore the news (me, a former journalist ), kick back, soak up the sun, and vej out. Then I start to feel guilty having this attitude. Anyone else tired of worldly concerns at our age and just want to ignore it all and pretend everything's ok (which it isn't for a huge number of people out there)???
Yes. I feel the same way. I cancelled my paper and don't listen to the news. Just check online sources once-in-a-while. I can't handle the constant negativity . . .I used to be very involved . . .but I feel I can help in other ways (prayer and taking care of myself . . .I believe that as each of us heal we heal the Earth . . .woo-woo for many, but it works for me).
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Unread 11-07-2011, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I don't vote but I do sort of pay attention to politics only because knowing what happens politically helps me make decisions (college planning, taxes, real estate, demographics, retirement and estate planning, employment)
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Unread 11-07-2011, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Lubbock, Tx
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Yes, I've been paying careful attention to politics for many years and have gotten just plain tired of it. Far too many politicians in both parties just in it for themselves without considering the greater good of all citizens, regardless of race. IMHO, its better to focus and try to make the lives of people you know, friends and neighbors, better. At least you can see you have made their lives a little better.
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