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.
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?