Just Quit Already: Day-By-Dat Through Year One of Retirement. Day 10, Fri July 10: One thing that is emphasized in all the books and blogs and advice about retirement – after the admonition to have your money lined up — is that creating a social network is important. Don’t forget to do things, they say. Preferably in groups. Personally I can’t think of anything more hideous than doing things in groups. But even I get the bigger message about not becoming isolated. That can’t be healthy, even for happy well-adjusted loners. Once that daily interaction with your work-family is gone it’s too easy to just stay in the house, pull the shades, and ignore that ringing phone. It can’t end well.
I wouldn’t self-identify as anti-social or an introvert or a misanthrope (true, there are people I don’t want to be around but that’s for the factual reason that they are assholes) and I like to have fun. But, my family will readily tell you, I am also happy to skip a party, a reception, a gathering. Like anybody, I’m anxious that I not reveal my hidden motivations for this. Especially since they are also hidden from me. And, still, as Fay Wolf writes, countering my instincts, “You know who’re cool and great? Other human beings.”
So, anyway, tonight we are walking up to the neighborhood Friday Night Potluck at the playfield just a few blocks from our house. . . (Read the rest of this entey, and this whole project, at bartbecker.com & on Facebook Bart Becker Projects.) #justquitalready #babyboomer #bartbecker #retiredyoung #grandpa #seniormoments #seniormoment #retire #retired #retirement #retirementplan #retiredlife #retirementgoals #retirementlife #aging #agingwell #aarp #ageisjustanumber #over50 #over60 #secondact #seattle #ownyourage #earlyretirement #silverdisobedience #oldandintheway #howtoretire