Aha! Admit it. How many times have you made a statement, gave a comment, rendered an opinion…. and felt no one listened? Like an old textbook with irrelevant lessons. Have we come to that?
Times like this I am reminded of Forrest Gump and that box of chocolates. You can’t have them all sweet, honey. Sometimes, you get the bitter choc. Each bite, a surprise. Each time, you continue to chew on and “finish the job to the last bite”.
Is it a problem? It need not be. Having come this far (or this old), who needs an audience? Say your piece. Then watch a movie. Dream of your fav star. Or do your crossword puzzles. Play Words With Friends. Pack a bag and travel, explore, make new friends. Who knows? Maybe when you develop new interests, you’d get to be more interesting to them. Give them a break. They also need not listen to the same stories of you know when. Remember how we’ve stopped listening to our old folks talking about how they survived the war and struggled to make a living. Not that we didn’t appreciate them. We just grew tired. Listening to the same tales.
Retirement is a time to make the inner journey and come face to face with your flaws, failures, prejudices, and all the factors that generate thoughts of unhappiness. Retirement is not a time to sleep, but a time to awaken to the beauty of the world around you and the joy that comes when you cast out all the negative elements that cause confusion and turmoil in your mind and allow serenity to prevail.
— Howard Salzman