Feeling Like An Old Textbook?

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


About lifeisacelebration

Retired early, but still active. Very involved in celebrating life! I love traveling because I always come back with less cobwebs in my mind. It is as if I empty my mind of all clutter upon departure, and fill it with many happy memories upon arrival. I also like the idea that life is so focused on the present, and my senses are all playing to listen, feel , see, smell and taste everything novel or not so new. The fact that I only have to choose from a limited wardrobe, or use the same pair of shoes throughout my holiday , or work and survive on a single budget make life so much simpler. Sure, you sometimes get a raw deal in a few trips, or feel hassled by flight delays and cancellations, but the joys and simplicity of the present far outweigh the negatives. Oh, btw, I always end up gaining more friends after each trip. Many I kept......
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