The best part of producing 700 podcasts has been being engaged in the process. It has been a force to include sitting quietly and thinking about life on a regular basis. What have I been doing? What have I been thinking?
"Picking a fight" is not something our parents told us was a good thing to do. Perhaps we need to rethink this advice. Retirement might be the perfect time to look around and pick a fight.
Retirement allows us time to expand our horizons. New experiences may be closer than we think. You might want to sit in on a trial or two in your own home town. It might prove to be more interesting than the trial on television.
How do you fill your days in retirement? Now that we are retired, we have lots of choices of new and different ways to spend our time. Are you feeling good about those choices, or are you seeking new ideas?
Life makes severe demands for many years on our time and energy. We are consumed with providing for our very existence; ours and our children's. We somehow work through providing answers to questions and daily demands. Then we retire. Then different questions require attention.
I like to think I followed this advice. But as soon as I say that I know that I do that only some of the time. I like to think that I choose and then go with it. But that is one of those little truisms or sayings that can get you in trouble.
I am not advocating disregard of problems in the world but I am suggesting the need to be a bit selective in those we want to assume. It seems like there should be a time when we may choose to retire from more than work.
When I was seven, I wanted to be an author. No doubt about it. Fireman? Test pilot? Those careers had moments of interest, but never rose to more than a second choice.
Retirement makes new demands. It takes some adjusting and thinking. Knowing ourselves, imagining and creating ourselves. Not so easy. No wonder people prefer golf, books and television.
Retirement gives us time to pause with poets both living and dead. We could do worse than spend some time with poetry.