When we retire, we have the freedom to step away from certain constrictions, ranging from tight-fitting work clothes to tension-producing relationships. We can let go of unrewarding pursuits and shed a little or a lot of our old skins. We have the freedom to try new ventures and make mistakes without fear that our blunders will make their way into annual performance reviews. Retirement is also a time for reflection. What pursuits do we find most meaningful? What will give us the most satisfaction? What would we still like to accomplish? How do we live with purpose? What passions will we purse?
I retired after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I’m working on my second novel, writing for me and I hope for you.
In this blog, I offer my own reflections and passions for travel, writing, physical and mental health, and everyday life. I seek out the latest research on staying happy and healthy. I delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to, like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, and discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace. Because laughing at ourselves helps keep us real, I lace humor into most of my blog posts.
I chose the title Still Life for its two possible interpretations: one represents a hope that retirement will involve a somewhat calmer life with fewer deadlines and requirements to please others, and the other recognizes that most of us still have a life after retirement, and a fulfilling one at that.