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Old 06-13-2014, 04:45 PM
 
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In between my part time job as a College Business Instructor and my gadfly posts on City Data there is not much to do, so I go over to a local Regional Shopping Center and walk around and sit and watch the people with a number of other sad old people in the middle common area. I see the same tired bored looking retirees there every day. They seem so alone and aimless.

I look at them and try to picture them as 30 years younger, active, engaged and full of confidence and authority. Maybe the tired old man who always wears that green sweater, even in the summer, used to be a bank Vice President. The old woman who has such a hard time walking, may have been a High School Principal. And the sad looking man who sits there never smiling or talking to anyone used to be an Executive at a huge Accounting firm directing the work of a huge staff with a force of will and commanding personality that got things done.

Now they are all just old folks sitting at the mall killing time. God, tell me that this isn't going to be the retirement for all of us as we get old!
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Old 06-13-2014, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Deep In The Heart of Texas
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I do recall a thread with this same subject matter!
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Old 06-13-2014, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I agree that being retired sucks. Thankfully, DH has a part time job at Home Depot, but my part time job was too annoying for me to hang in there.
There should be more transitional jobs for retired people who still have their marbles. I am bored to death.
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Old 06-13-2014, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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About nine hours before the OP was posted for this thread, another thread was opened in the Retirement Forum entitled "Are you sitting at home waiting to die?". These two threads should be merged, in my opinion, because "Are you sitting at the mall waiting to die?" is just a minor variation on the same theme.
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Old 06-13-2014, 05:28 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Same Tired and Bored looking retired people sit at the shopping mall center area every day!
Well gosh - why don't you talk to them??
You might find someone to hang around with and not be bored!

It all starts with a smile and a nod of the head.
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Old 06-13-2014, 05:35 PM
 
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This is second thread on this as I recall recently.
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Old 06-13-2014, 05:38 PM
 
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In between my part time job as a College Business Instructor and my gadfly posts on City Data there is not much to do, so I go over to a local Regional Shopping Center and walk around and sit and watch the people with a number of other sad old people in the middle common area. I see the same tired bored looking retirees there every day. They seem so alone and aimless.

I look at them and try to picture them as 30 years younger, active, engaged and full of confidence and authority. Maybe the tired old man who always wears that green sweater, even in the summer, used to be a bank Vice President. The old woman who has such a hard time walking, may have been a High School Principal. And the sad looking man who sits there never smiling or talking to anyone used to be an Executive at a huge Accounting firm directing the work of a huge staff with a force of will and commanding personality that got things done.

Now they are all just old folks sitting at the mall killing time. God, tell me that this isn't going to be the retirement for all of us as we get old!

I imagine they are sitting there telling each other the very same thing about you.
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Old 06-13-2014, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Well gosh - why don't you talk to them??
You might find someone to hang around with and not be bored!

It all starts with a smile and a nod of the head.
Excellent suggestion, and obvious enough that it makes me wonder if the OP is leveling with us or just seeking one more thread topic.
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Old 06-13-2014, 06:06 PM
 
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I believe that people who lead boring lives in retirement ... led boring lives before they retired. The 'die' is probably cast early in life ... for most people.
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Old 06-13-2014, 06:18 PM
 
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Am I sitting on the beach regularly bored and waiting to die or is that ok with people?
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