Passages of Retirement: Personal Histories of Struggle and Success

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The Search for Meaningful Interests

Female, 72, married, two children

Education: college graduate

Job Status: politician for 8 years

Retirement Income: $50,000

Health: reported good

Retirement Category: regular-voluntary, retired for 4 years, reelected to county office

One morning when I was reading my mail I noticed some information from the city. I had been a resident for about two and a half years and was not aware of any kind of political activity. I didn't even know where city hall was located. I looked at the faces of the seven people on the city council and said: "Why can't I do that?"

I never had any idea of entering politics, although I had supported candidates in the political scene. I called city hall, talked to a clerk who was surprised by my questions. I asked how does one get to be a city hall person. He explained the procedure of getting petitions signed. I door-knocked and with the help of my family and friends I did all the things you do politically. I got elected and was the top vote getter. There were four incumbents and myself running; I knocked off the council president and that was the beginning of my political career.

I loved my work on the city council. It was something interesting as far as the subject matter was concerned. It covered a whole gambit of areas, social services, business, culture, those were the subjects I was

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