HELLLLLLLOOOOO, Retirement !

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by Davey Do Davey Do Member Expert Nurse Retired

Specializes in Psych (25 years), Medical (15 years). Has 43 years experience.

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Hannahbanana, BSN, MSN

Specializes in Physiology, CM, consulting, nsg edu, LNC, COB. Has 52 years experience. 1,187 Posts

Loads of basement workshops are full of woodworking tools that got used once. There are lots of motor homes for sale with ~12K miles on them, I.e., from coast to coast, and then back to the driveway. There are lots of sewing rooms, ateliers, and home gyms languishing. Plenty of wives who said after six months their spouses were driving them crazy.

The ones who aren't have spouses who retired TO something, not just AWAY from something. A satisfying volunteer gig a few hours a week; a committment to singing in a group; a stitch-and-biotch that makes warm things for newborns, refugees, or homeless;  a book club in a totally new topic; engagement in a college alumni association; helping socialize kittens and puppies in shelters so they can be adopted; a cooking school --- the list is endless. Take a few weeks off to decompress and vacation (or staycation), and then look around for something new to DO.

Have fun!

amoLucia

amoLucia

Specializes in retired LTC. 7,735 Posts

If I had thought about it at the time, I would liked to have learned a foreign  language, like French, then Spanish. Using Rosetta Stone or Babel. Then 2 yrs later, pick another language. Just that my computer skills may have been a problem. A few other languages come to mind also.

C Roll 5

C Roll 5, RN

Specializes in Case management, rehabilitation, newborn nursery. Has 45 years experience. 36 Posts

I’ve been trying to brush up on my French from High School over 40 yrs ago. LOL. I listen while walking or running. 

amoLucia

amoLucia

Specializes in retired LTC. 7,735 Posts

I used to use a travel audio tape for my car when driving home. I would just respond  to the Spanish lessons - good for extra vocabulary. Funny because I do have an itty-bitty fluency/comprehension with French, so my French sneaks out in the middle of the Spanish. The car lessons were helpful.

dianah, ASN

Specializes in Cath Lab/Radiology. Has 47 years experience. 9 Articles; 3,424 Posts

And I retired Friday!  This is my first retired weekend, and Monday I will wake up and just roll over and go back to sleep (if I can).  Dh has been retired X2 years. 

It will take some getting used to, as I am basically lazy.  I will be able to read more (I limited myself to reading at lunch, at work -- to help the book "last longer").  I need to schedule regular exercise, and dh and I have things in the area we want to visit -- to play tourist, so to speak.    We have kayaks we haven't used for a long time, that hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, maybe we can get them out???  There are lots of household projects that have been put off through the years, that need attention too.

Anyway, greetings to you all!

No Stars In My Eyes

Specializes in Med nurse in med-surg., float, HH, and PDN. Has 43 years experience. 3,329 Posts

YAAAAAY, dianah! You did it! Welcome to the Club!

traumaRUs

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 30 years experience. 164 Articles; 21,179 Posts

Wow!  Congratulations Diana!!!

Pepper The Cat

Pepper The Cat, BSN, RN

Specializes in Gerontology. Has 36 years experience. 1,771 Posts

Retired 2 weeks ago. Feeling a little list right now. I have worked full time for the past 36 years. Right now spending way too much time on junk TV and surfing the Internet. Very easy to get lost in some websites.

the cat however is loving sleeping on my lap all day. Which gives me the perfect excuse to not get up and do things because you know, we can’t disturb the cat!

dianah, ASN

Specializes in Cath Lab/Radiology. Has 47 years experience. 9 Articles; 3,424 Posts

13 hours ago, Pepper The Cat said:

Retired 2 weeks ago. Feeling a little list right now. I have worked full time for the past 36 years. Right now spending way too much time on junk TV and surfing the Internet. Very easy to get lost in some websites.

 

Retired folks (who have been retired for awhile) tell me this will get better, that "you will find things to do."  The cat, on the other hand --  well, that is a winsome thing!

C Roll 5

C Roll 5, RN

Specializes in Case management, rehabilitation, newborn nursery. Has 45 years experience. 36 Posts

True. I retired last Oct. Initially, I would wake up with this weird feeling that I was supposed to be doing something, but not sure what. One of my retired friends is so busy! Every day is scheduled with tennis, lunches out, volunteer work, but she was always very social. Thats not me. For me, I get up when the dog does (early), read several online newspapers with coffee, then work out doing something for 45- 60 min. After that, it’s whatever I feel like doing. Sometimes gardening (love to be outside), sometimes household tasks, sometimes a little project that I’d put off, sometimes reading or nothing. I am lucky to have my kids and grandkids very close, so I often see them. So, my advice would be just relax and enjoy being retired! Don’t rush into any commitments. Congratulations!

londonflo

londonflo

Specializes in oncology. Has 45 years experience. 2,123 Posts

On 12/1/2021 at 3:21 PM, Hannahbanana said:

Plenty of wives who said after six months their spouses were driving them crazy.

The ones who aren't have spouses who retired TO something, not just AWAY from something.

 I met my husband when I was selling antiques, he was too. We got too busy together so we withdrew from the brick and mortar store and went on eBay in 1997. 

I retired after 25 years of marriage with him. One day I went to an antique mall where I knew the owner from way back. I started selling, husband decided to also sell again. We sell books for the most part. Getting through the Covid closing was difficult in terms of $$ returned but we have survived.  We were not conscientious in going out there during the first months but I said "let's make a point of going out Monday". We added Thursday or Friday to make sure things look good for the weekend.  These days get us ready for pricing and getting out there at least 2 days a week.  We are doing well with selling, see all our old friends (when did they get old?) and really enjoy our invested time and $$ realized.