So what are you going to do now?  I have heard this question many times over the past three months since I retired.

Really retired, not going on to another job this time.

My pat answer is, “I am not going to any meetings I don’t want to attend.”  Translation: I am not working.

The day I retired, so did 10,000 other Baby Boomers. And every day, so do another 10,000.  

Only one friend has had a smooth transition to retirement — and he gets up at 4:30 a.m. to run.  

I still listen to the 5:30 a.m. Houston traffic reports then roll over and go back to sleep.

Since age 14, I had a career plan and only made one slight change in college.  

I switched from preparing to be a minister to a social work professor.  

I wasn’t sure how I could prepare a 20 minute sermon each week.  

It was easier to lecture nine to 12 hours per week for me.  

As an administrator I planned and implemented grants, conferences and degree programs often over a period of years.  

And my plan went well for almost 40 years.

Then my type-A work style, which included commuting from Galveston to downtown Houston, stopped.  

Literally overnight.

For the first time in my life, I did not have a career plan.  

To top it off, more friends called asking what I was going to do.

So, in a professional mode, I began to do research on retirement.

Most information was on financial planning.  

Too late for anymore investments!

The other option I found was taking up a hobby such as art or music.  

Right, take up painting in a town with many fabulous artists, including my own family! I can’t even paint a wall!  

With music, my only instrument is the stereo, for good reason.

I though about writing a book titled “Retirement for Dummies,” but I found it was already written.  

It mostly addresses money issues — not psychological or social issues.  

One theory is that retirement is a process with stages you go through.  

Depression is part of the process.  

Being shoved aside with a beautiful plaque is not so fun.  

So I decided to write a short series on my retirement journey and hope readers will help out.  

I look forward to hearing from folks interested in answering, so what are you going to do now that you are retired?

Alvin Sallee  of Galveston is exploring retirement. He can be reached atalvinsallee@hotmail.com.

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