HAVE A HOBBY: I have been perfectly happy being retired with no ambition other than to cook for us, hunt, fish, and my blossoming photography. In fact I often wonder if I have always been a bit ADHD. I do not often enjoy simply relaxing, but need something to constantly occupy my time. Something constructive. Barb is very happy just to sit for hours reading or playing games on her IPhone. She also dabbles in prospecting, rock hounding, and jewelry making at times. We both love to Geocache, but don't do it as much as we should; great exercise.
EMPLOYMENT: This doesn't mean going back to work in the education or postal field, but it is available. In fact, Barb has been offered employment seasonally each holiday and I have been asked if I was planning on Guest Teaching. There are plenty of other options available when traveling. Work camping in parks, state, and national forests including camp hosts. The work load is minimal (somewhere between 10-24 hours a week and you get your camp spot free) For example at Lockhart State Park in Texas work camping provides you with a free campsite for at least two months, free golf at their course, and a full time cart at your disposal. This appeals to us except that we don't want to be tied down in one spot for several months. There are also availabilities for retirees in resort areas for part time help. Yeah, I can mow a golf course. Some feel the need to keep busy via employment and these are some of the options. For me it has been this blog and photography. I self published my first photo journal coffee table book last year and am currently working on my second. This is an individual choice.
Mail forwarding for us changed this past year. USPS keeps changing the rules, never making it easier for the consumer. We finally just got a P.O. Box and gave a key to a friend of ours who forwards our mail when we request. About every 5 weeks is sufficient unless you're expecting something.
Le plus grand repas jamais" You have to realize, and this is important, that in marraige these adjustments are, and should be, a never ending process.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST: DON'T BE IN A HURRY. You're retired for goodness sake. Don't stress over anything that you can't do NOW, but just plan to do it soon. Recognize that neither you or your spouse is perfect, but is your soulmate. We couldn't do any of this without each other. Tomorrow is promised to no one. Give thanks everyday for what you are able to enjoy, it won't last forever. Having a Bucket List is important, but it is so much more fun if most of it is mutual. Retirement is a change of lifestyle, but it doesn't have to be limiting as long as you plan for it.....both of you, together. Lessons learned from the road....
"A happy marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short"
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