Passages of Retirement: Personal Histories of Struggle and Success

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LEISURE

"I wondered what I was going to do when I retired . . ."
"My only planning for retiring included cultivating my hobby of
golf . . ."
". . . the best thing I can say is to keep busy . . ."
"My major concern was what am I going to do all day . . ."
"I can do what I want . . ."
"You will get old doing nothing . . ."

If you are a planner or approach the events of your life in an unstructured fashion, this pattern describes your personal style or order in the present and future. The previous conversations suggest some degree of planning for retirement, principally financial.

The single issue shared by most retirees reflected their projected plans for their leisure time. Here again, whether the plans were specific or of a happenstance nature, most appeared to have realized satisfaction and the required involvement.

Your selection of activities to occupy and appreciate this newfound abundance of time is a major decision of retirement. Whether you are confounded by the stress of unscheduled time or find fulfillment will present a further challenge to make the most of your remaining years. In any event, retirement is a period of discovery.

The interviews that follow illustrate not only a variety of leisure interests and activities, but the course to discover new pursuits.

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