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How are you spending your retirement? - page 6

I don't mean your money! :lol2: I mean; how do you spend your time? What interests, hobbies etc are you pursuing? And, do you enjoy being retired?... Read More

  1. Visit  beautifulblair profile page
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    I agree.. hope you enjoy
  2. Visit  LCAY RN profile page
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    I plan on retiring in January after working for 34 years straight - more than 40 hours a week. I really will not know what to do. Fear of the unknown and the lack of security having a job now and not in January. The politics and changes in the hospital settings I will not miss. The patients and the care I provide I will miss. How do you deal with the change?
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  3. Visit  paddlelady profile page
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    I have posted before but I will again on this subject as I am so enjoying my retirement from nursing. After 41 years my nervous system just couldnt take it any more. I am very busy. I do have a small business from home, I work out 4 times a week. I learned how to ride a motorcycle and love to ride, I kayak, ride my bicycle, read, knit. I spend time with my grandchildren. I am finishing building my house. The final touches will be done soon . I have my dog to walk. I am also learning how to play the guitar. If this all sounds very self centered I guess it might be as I didnt have time to do alot of these things when I worked, raised a family and built a house. I have a small retirement, social security and also small income from my business. It feels good to be healthy again. Traveling is also on my list of goals . Enjoy your retirement you have earned it. Sometimes creativity comes from being a bit bored and your passions will come to you in time. Give yourself a break from multi-tasking.
    Paddlelady
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  4. Visit  LCAY RN profile page
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    Thanks - As you know we spend so much time helping others we forget who we are. I forgot that person. My work is my life. The concept of finding me again is very strange and fearful. Will I have enough money, what can I do to still be of value- all of this runs in my thoughts. Family do not totally understand. You are right and thanks for your comments and time.
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  5. Visit  safta24 profile page
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    Here am I back , still retired but stuck with emphysema & 24/7 oxygen still.Condition deterorating with difficulty combining walking & talking. weakness & fatigue playing catch. Ob the other hand I am always grateful to have been
    a nurse wich has expanded my possibilities of passive entertainement
    Enjoy who you are & absorb your advantages.
    good luck .
    Saftar
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  6. Visit  LCAY RN profile page
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    Thanks for the support, good luck to you. I hope better health is in your future.
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  7. Visit  Grace Oz profile page
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    Quote from LCAY RN
    Thanks - As you know we spend so much time helping others we forget who we are. I forgot that person. My work is my life. The concept of finding me again is very strange and fearful. Will I have enough money, what can I do to still be of value- all of this runs in my thoughts. Family do not totally understand. You are right and thanks for your comments and time.

    Finding ourselves again and re-learning how to care for us as opposed to always giving to others, is exciting as well as scary. On reflection, I think I'm only really "settled" into retirement now after 7 years.
    I was a young retiree, and in many ways perhaps too young. There have been times whereby I've gotten bored and felt as though I was a bit like a ship without it's rudder. At those times I would think of new ways to keep interested and involved and active.
    I turn 59 in 6 weeks time, and I'm eternally grateful that I'm no longer doing the "hard yards" at the coalface of nursing.
    Regarding your comment; "what can I do to still be of value" ... you already are of value! Whether or not you decide to do volunteer work or any other activity which might make you feel "of value", please know that even if you sat at home twiddling your thumbs, you are valuable.
    I hold the belief that we don't need to wait until we get to heaven to be entitled to rest.
    Part of being retired is having the ability to make choices about what we do without having to justify ourselves to our employer. WE are the boss now!
    Once we get used to and comfortable with that concept, it's a great feeling!
    Enjoy your retirement, you've earnt it!
    Best Wishes to you!
  8. Visit  tewdles profile page
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    Unfortunately, I am not sure that retiring is in the cards for my husband and myself. We pretty much spent most of our retirement monies a few years ago when my DH had a significant illness/surgery/hospitalization that our insurance company denied all payment for. The piddly remainder has been devastated by the stock market and doesn't qualify as "retirement". Now my husband has lost his job at the end of his career...no severance, no nothing. So, I will likely be one of those old nurses you see working in the office or some such place using old fashioned language and talkin about the "good ole days".
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  9. Visit  traumaRUs profile page
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    I'm so sorry Tewdles. This thread started a while back and I think for many of us the economy has changed the way we look at retirement. For us, my husband took a job 165 miles away until he turns 60 in order to improve our retirement income. I have gone back to school (at 51) to get a peds CNS so that my options as I age will be broader.

    My parents retired in their 50's with pensions...dh and I have worked hard our entire lives and I do not think we will ever truely retire!
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  10. Visit  Grace Oz profile page
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    Quote from tewdles
    Unfortunately, I am not sure that retiring is in the cards for my husband and myself. We pretty much spent most of our retirement monies a few years ago when my DH had a significant illness/surgery/hospitalization that our insurance company denied all payment for. The piddly remainder has been devastated by the stock market and doesn't qualify as "retirement". Now my husband has lost his job at the end of his career...no severance, no nothing. So, I will likely be one of those old nurses you see working in the office or some such place using old fashioned language and talkin about the "good ole days".
    I'm sorry this has happened to you and your husband, tewdles. I hope that life takes a turn in your favour and that you wont have to work indefinitely. I sincerely wish you both all the very best.
  11. Visit  tewdles profile page
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    That is nice of you. Hey, life is about relationships...and I have some good ones. I may now face a financially humble last couple of decades, but I still count my life as successful and happy. I just wish it hadn't happened this way because of the amoral practices of for profit insurance.
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  12. Visit  Grace Oz profile page
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    Kudos to you for your postive attitude!
    That as much as anything else makes you a winner!

    For profit organisations leave me cold.
    I guess that must make me a socialist???!!!

    But when I see what has happended to folks because of the greed of others ... it leaves me cold.

    Wishing you all the very best.
  13. Visit  P_RN profile page
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    10 YEARS NOW AS OF LAST NOV. 1. CANE ON GOOD DAYS CRUTCHES ON LESS GOOD DAYS, ROLLING WALKER IS NEXT. MONEY RUNS OUT ABOUT THE THIRD WEEK OF THE MONTH. PRETTY SAD WHEN YOU CONSIDER I WAS MAKING GOOD MONEY, REALLY GOOD. WENT TO EUROPE TWICE FOR MONTHS ON PIN MONEY.

    AT LEAST THE BON ALLOWS ME TO BE AN RN i. THE SMALL i MUST BE THERE OR I AM AN IMPOSTER. HAVEN'T SET FOOT IN THAT FACILITY SINCE I HAD TOSUE THEM JUST TO GET MY RETIREMENT. SS GAVE ME NO PROBLEM.

    THAT LAWSUIT COST BETWEEN 1/4 AND 1/3 MILLION TO THEM. AND ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS AGREE THAT I WAS UNEMPLOYABLE AND DISABLED.
    IT WAS LIKE A PING PONG MATCH. MY GUY WON.
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