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Old 07-01-2010, 05:31 PM
 
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Throughout my career, I always kept about 5-projects going at once -- and was always on the lookout for new things to do. Since retirement, I still always have about 5-things going and am looking for new things to do.

I've observed, however, that retirees who were almost singularly focused on work during their careers ... often find themselves somewhat limited in terms of finding things to do in retirement.

I'm one of those people who is so busy in retirement, that I don't know when I had time to work. Others sit around in their pajamas and watch soap operas on TV (because they don't have anything else to do).

In Short, Retirement changes what one does, but not how they do it.

What type of retiree are you?
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Old 07-01-2010, 06:52 PM
 
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What type of retiree are you?
One that doesn't judge how other retirees spend their day.
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Old 07-01-2010, 07:55 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Throughout my career, I always kept about 5-projects going at once -- and was always on the lookout for new things to do. Since retirement, I still always have about 5-things going and am looking for new things to do.

I've observed, however, that retirees who were almost singularly focused on work during their careers ... often find themselves somewhat limited in terms of finding things to do in retirement.

I'm one of those people who is so busy in retirement, that I don't know when I had time to work. Others sit around in their pajamas and watch soap operas on TV (because they don't have anything else to do).

In Short, Retirement changes what one does, but not how they do it.

What type of retiree are you?
Au contraire. I finally retired after working 45 years in the military, law enforcement and state legislation and politics. I usually had a lot of balls to juggle at any given time. Now it's my extreme pleasure to rest, putter around in the house and yard, take short trips to new places and see new things and visit family in other states on occasion.

I'm the kind of retiree who loves the calm and comfort of retirement, doesn't have a schedule and is free!
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I'm like you, JGHorton ------I always have several things on a to-do list - always out and about - doing projects or entertaining myself. Rarely stay in the house all day - gotta get out.
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:31 PM
 
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No I have made many changes since i retired. I have many more I guess what you could call projects especailly ones that get done and not dropped.My to do ist got shorter leeaving me with more time to do non-projects.
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Old 07-01-2010, 09:14 PM
 
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Others sit around in their pajamas and watch soap operas on TV (because they don't have anything else to do).

I'm with MadMan. What's wrong with spending one's hard-earned retirement as one wants????????????????
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Old 07-02-2010, 04:24 AM
 
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....I'm the kind of retiree who loves the calm and comfort of retirement, doesn't have a schedule and is free!
Me too. I deeply appreciate this time of life and this way of living it.
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Old 07-02-2010, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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I don't see retirement as being an either/or situation ... either busy, or not.

The big thing for me is that I generally do what I want when I want, and if I want to spend the day reading, or watching The Sopranos, that's fine. If I want to spend the day cleaning out the basement, doing yard work, and washing the cars, that's fine, too.

If we want to go kayaking (as we did yesterday), we go. If we want to take a trip to New England to see family (as we will in a couple of weeks), we do.

So far (knock on wood), my retirement is one that is as structured as I choose it to be, and that is exactly what I was hoping retirement would be.
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Old 07-02-2010, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Others sit around in their pajamas and watch soap operas on TV (because they don't have anything else to do).
Do you really know any retiree, personally, who does that? I don't.

I was in a class yesterday on the city charter for my town. The day before I was in a class on Selected Research Topics
On Land-Atmosphere Interactions and the day before that I was outdoors for 4 hours taking photographs and then grocery shopping. No retiree that I know sits around all day in front of the TV set.
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Old 07-02-2010, 08:41 AM
 
Location: southern california
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compulsive CDF poster.
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