Thursday, June 2, 2011

WORK OR RETIRE? A perplexing question for many.

A Gallup Poll on retirement conducted in all 50 states on April 11, 2011 indicated that 44% will want to work full time and that 36% will have to work full time.  Equally as interesting is that only 15% will want to stop working while only 3% will have to stop working.

"RETIRE TO SOMETHNG AND LIVE, RETIRE FROM SOMETHING AND DIE", my advice to many.  It was just an opinion based upon observation and not upon any special qualification.  At age 80 and 20 years into my own retirement, I still believe it is true.  Researchers today say it is only as true as that cell phones cause cancer.  Remember when they said the same thing about smoking?

Except perhaps for medical and dental care, I do not think money is particularly needed for long life.  My grandfather lived to be 91 on a terrible diet, nil medical care and with a bare minimum of money.  He was always active and enjoyed being alive.  He walked everywhere or drove a buggy.  He chewed tobacco and his wife, who lived to be 89, like a lot of Irish ladies, smoked a small stone pipe with a straight, unfiltered stem.  Grandpa grew her tobacco.

GRANDPA PIERCE WAS A GREAT STORY TELLER AND I THINK HE ENJOYED LIFE.  My attitude is much like his and as edited in this story shared by my friend Pat.

As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself.  I've become my own best friend...

I have seen so many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read my Kindle or write on my computer until 4AM...

I  will still do a jig to a fast fiddle tune or  dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 40's and 50's, and at the same time, if I wish to weep over a lost love, I will..

I will walk Myrtle Beach in a swim suit displaying my large stomach and ignor the glances of the jet set as I soak in the hot tub.  They too will get old if they are lucky....

I know I am forgetful but somethings in life are better forgotten. I remember the important things.  Always!  God, Country and Family!  And, friends... 

I am so blessed to have lived so long that my remaining hair has turned grey and that the youthful laughs forever etches deep grooves in my face.  So many have never laughed or lived to see their hair turn silver!

As you turn older, it is even easier to think positive.  You could care less about what others think.  You have earned the right to be different or wrong...

I like the person I have become.  I like being old.  I know I am not going to live forever and I compensate by eating my dessert first.  Un Huh!


God bless!

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