I had an e-mail from an old friend who recently retired from a Fortune 500 company. He was a workaholic his entire life and assumed he would continue being so driven in his retirement with hobbies, etc.
Instead, he’s having a hard time “finding something to do.” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. My crowd agrees we have less free time now than we did when we were gainfully employed and raising children.
Nothing to do…really? Socrates recorded his most quoted tidbits of wisdom at the age of 70 (and apparently he was a pretty snazzy dresser (see left); Plato, a student at 50, did his best teaching after 60; Goethe wrote part of “Faust” at age 60 and finished it at age 82; Noah Webster compiled his monumental dictionary at age 70; and Grandma Moses held her first public showing of her paintings at age 70.
Maybe we aren’t as gifted as these legends but retirement brings the gift of time with endless choices on filling it. We have time to learn, explore, listen to music, get together with friends and laugh hysterically, or just sit quietly and meditate on the meaning of life. It all seems like the best of times to me. Hope it does for all my peers who are actively riding the wave of retirement and anticipating what each new day will hold.