When I retired at the end of 2008, I found I hated it! Every day was Saturday (except Sunday when we went to church) I was wasting time watching lame TV shows, eating way too much and putting off everything because I could do it later. All those things I had put aside thinking "when I retire", I discovered were things I just didn't want to do! My closets weren't any cleaner; my photos were still scattered in drawers instead of in albums and my basement was still crammed full of "stuff" Maybe it was the dreary cold winter weather but I didn't even want to go shopping - and for what? If you don't go to work, why do you need many new clothes? And I didn't have an identity - I used to go to several meetings a week and introduce myself with my name, my title and the company for whom I worked. Now, who was I?
So I connected with those same people I used to see at meetings - "Can you use me a few hours a week?" Those skills I had on the job - meeting facilitation, strategic planning, grant writing-are all valuable to nonprofits who are struggling to survive in this economic downturn.
And I've always been committed to encouraging young people to see themselves as valuable
members of the community so I'm helping our AmeriCorps program establish a volunteer opportunities database.
My husband has found delight in joining our community's Auxiliary Police -
Think of what you enjoy doing - it will be a treasure for someone else.
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