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Old 01-11-2010, 05:36 PM
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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I help at the senior center on my own time frame, not as a set time slot. I go there to exercise classes every day and when I'm done, I stick my head in the office and ask the gals what they have to do.

If they have something, I help, sometimes they say maybe later this week if you have time. I told them I don't want to be locked in a time frame where I have to show up at a certain time or day. I'm doing this for myself, too so I meet more people in town. Being single and new to the area, I do need to meet people and not be a hermit. Quite different for couples, and if you are living in the same area forever.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:15 PM
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If you were bored when you worked you will be bored in retirement. Someone who doesn't want to be bored, will not be.
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:06 AM
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Location: Eureka CA
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I'm with Freddy and Quick. I have never been bored. There's always something to do around the house or a good book I haven't gotten to. Boredom is actually a form of depression. Next time you see your primary caregiver you should mention it. Meds and exercise help many people.
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:47 AM
Location: Prescott Valley, Az (unfortunately still here)
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Take some classes, take up a hobby, take up a new kind of workout/exercise, take up road trips (I love those the best), or anything. Just anything to keep you from getting bored.
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:30 AM
Location: Maryland
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Bored - not in this lifetime! There are way too many fascinating things to do, see and experience for that ever to be an issue. Retirement is the best time of my life.
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:50 AM
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I also feel like work is the most boring thing and I've done a gazillion different things for a living.
I do think when I retire, I'll have to work not to be isolated- I'm accustomed to being part of the night shift community where I work (where I think we work nights to avoid the other shifts and management).
I have a house full of unread books. I would like to walk and not drive short distances. I'd like to consider joining a Unitarian church but am too tired from working five nights a week to take up much of anything except recovering from working.
I envy anyone who finds their job so interesting that they wouldn't want to stop working.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:58 PM
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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I come to the City-Data forum and torture people. Not. Ok, well maybe a little.
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Old 01-20-2010, 12:42 PM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I'll have to print this post and let my parents read it. I hate to see them day after day, just sitting and reading and watching TV. My dad is chomping at the bit to go back to work again. I wish they could come up with some ideas for things to do either together or seperately, as long as it's free or very inexpensive.
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Old 01-20-2010, 01:29 PM
Location: Las Vegas
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I love my life now.

There's so much to do and all options are open. It's pretty wonderful.
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Old 01-21-2010, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by megonow View Post
how do you keep from getting bored?
Sounds as though you are a female so my advice may not be your cup of tea. For more than two decades I had an overflowing "in-basket" and, because of the complexity and scope of many of the issues I had to deal with, more than often I had a fairly empty "out-basket." Inside my desk I kept a bottle of aspirins to deal with the stress and workload. The complexity and number of issues I faced each morning on that job did not allow me to experience boredom too often but after retirement, I bought a small Yuppie farm. The headaches are now gone and, except for the occasional twinges of arthritis pain, life is great again.

With planning, you can either move into retirement as a death sentence or a second life. The best part of it though, is that the choice is yours and not some supervisor's.
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