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Adventures in Retirement – Does anyone really know what time it is?

Written by Bill Leavitt. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on July 02, 2014 with No Comments

"Making time drag is not really a positive way to use time."

As we travel through our lives, our perception of time gradually changes.  During our working years we often try to manage time, attempting to fit working, interacting with our families, creating recreation time, and doing all the other things that we want to accomplish in our busy lives.

When we retire, we may try to slow time down a little.  To reduce the stress from our working lives, we may take a little more time for doing things, such as reading the newspaper more thoroughly or having a second cup of coffee in the morning.  Later on, we realize how precious time really is and we try to avoid wasting it.

Some seniors slow things down by avoiding much activity.  They may end up with few activities or exciting interests in their lives.  For them, time drags.  Making time drag is not really a positive way to use time.

In my book on retirement, I emphasized that finding new and exciting things to do makes retirement more stimulating, fulfilling and satisfying.  Being more active usually makes people happier, too.

Those who are doing new and exciting things and seeking new ways to stimulate themselves find that time flies and they have to find ways to conserve time to do all they want to do.  More than once it has occurred to me that, as a senior, I only have so much time left in my life.  Of course, you rarely know how much time you have, but no one has lived forever.

As a result, I have become impatient about time.  I hate waiting in lines, waiting for trains to cross the road in front of me and people who dawdle.  I want to spend every minute of my life doing things that satisfy me, or humor me, or teach me, or stimulate me, or improve my physical condition, or just make me happy.

I don’t know whether trying to slow down time is better than trying to cram every minute of life into the time I have, but I never miss a chance to enjoy myself.  I guess everyone has to decide for him or her about how to use their time.

 

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Bill Leavitt is a technical writer from Valparaiso. After retiring from a large corporation in Chicago, he did technical writing consulting for many companies. He currently teaches part-time at Purdue University Calumet. You can order Leavitt’s book, “Retirement: Life’s Greatest Adventure,” by sending $16.65 (includes shipping and sales tax) made payable to Write On Technical Writing, Inc., P.O. Box 132,Valparaiso, IN 46384-0132. Or, visit RetirementLifesGreatestAdventure.com for more information.

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