24/7 Retirement and Relationships
By Alane Cunningham
I can honestly say I hadn’t given it much thought. We were having breakfast at a quaint northern Michigan restaurant and there in the gift shop I saw it. A pillow, boldly stating what I should have been considering as retirement approached. In carefully needle pointed letters it read: Retirement: Twice the Husband- Half the Money. I laughed and laughed. That is until I started thinking.
Did we have enough money to retire? Would I still be able to go shopping? I enjoyed being with my husband of 33 years, but let’s face it. How well did I know this guy? I would see him after we both put in a long day at work. We would hear about each other’s day while taking the dog for a walk. We would then exercise, eat, watch a little T.V. and then get to bed, so we could get up, go to work and do it all over again. And then there were the much anticipated week-ends. We would catch up on chores and run errands. But 24/7? Oh yes, on vacations we always had fun and always enjoyed one another’s company. But 24/7?
And so I entered into retirement. At first, it seemed like we were on vacation. We could sleep late, eat when we wanted, stay up late, read. We could do whatever we wanted. And then one morning at breakfast, as I was reading the paper, I heard something. Had this guy always chewed so loudly? I never noticed it before.
I am joking (somewhat) but that would be my advice to someone considering retirement. Enjoy one another, but make sure you develop interests and hobbies that are your own. If you have always wondered about something, but never had the time to pursue it, now you do. Just make sure you do. Staying active is one of the keys to making retirement a success.