How’s that going?

By Charlene Stegman Moskal

“So, you’re retired? How’s that going? What do you do all day? Do you miss working?” And a myriad of other questions from the steadily employed who know that their days at the grind are numbered.

Of course, not everyone towards the end of his or her career feels it’s a grind, but after about three decades the experience of working usually gets stale.

I retired from a teaching career in public schools at the secondary level. I taught “fun” subjects: art, theater, speech. To tell the truth, I always enjoyed my kids and their fresh, unique perspective.

So, to give some suggestions and answer some of the questions we retirees are often asked:

Look at what you enjoyed doing as a child and extrapolate that into something you can do as an adult. Did you love to draw? Take art classes. Did you love to go to shows? Get involved in community theater. Was your passion to play a nurse, the kind of kid to bandage teddy bears? Become a volunteer at a medical facility. Were you athletic or just love sports? Find centers (they abound in Las Vegas) to workout in or become part of a team. You get the picture.

Carve out a place to indulge your interests. It can be anywhere as long as you claim it as your space.
Share yourself with other like-minded people. Be part of a community.

If, like myself, you have a partner, remember you are not joined at the hip. He or she can do what they need to do and you can follow your own path.

I love being retired. I can stay up until 3 a.m. and sleep until noon if I want. I don’t generally have a schedule to which I adhere, except those trips to doctor’s offices that usually plague those of us over a certain age. I try to take good care of myself physically, but most importantly, I have found what I truly love to do. So spiritually, I’m healthy. Sometimes it feels like an addiction, but it never feels like work. If you discover the thing that makes you feel as if you are a contributor to life, then retirement can be the chapter you have always wanted to write, now that you have the time.