Tuesday, May 04, 2021

What Is Retirement?

 When I was younger, I had it all planned out: work until I was in my 60's, then retire, probably die at 65 or maybe even 70. But the further along the road I got, the more that goal kept shifting. Before I retired from the practice of my specialty, my wife of 40 years passed on. Later, he gifted me with the love of another wonderful woman, and about that time I got started on my second career, that of writing. 

Even though I've kept up my CME and paid the fee to keep my medical license, I doubt that I'll ever practice again. After the publication of about 20 books (starting with the non-fiction book, The Tender Scar, that I wrote after the death of my first wife), I've found it hard to write any more. So what's next?

As He always does, God will direct my paths. I have about 20,000 words written on my next novel. As I said before, I doubt that I'll practice medicine again, but I've followed with interest the viral pandemic we've all gone through and the actual science published about it. And, in one way or another, I've managed to keep busy.

So what's next? I guess the admonition is "stay tuned." Meanwhile, how are you doing?  Have your ideas about retirement changed? 


Priscilla Bettis said...

I read a book recently called Successful Aging by Daniel Levitin. It's all about the aging brain. Some people do deteriorate early, but some super-agers are productive into their late 90s and early 100s. (Herman Wouk comes to mind.)

So yes, my view of retirement has changed. Who knows, I may end up being a super-ager, and I better set writing goals and make life plans just in case I make it to 98 and I'm still going strong.

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, My wife and I have both said that we hope both out mind and bodies deteriorate at the same time. Meanwhile, make every day count.

Patricia Bradley said...

Retirement. Personally, I think it's way overrated. lol I 'retired' from my day job at 63 (talking to teens about abstinence) and started writing full time. I wasn't published for six more years. Since that first book, I've written 13 or 14 more books. Friends want to know when I'm going to take it easy, especially when I can't go to lunch or on a vacation with them because I've gotten behind on a deadline. But I'm still doing what I love. Once I don't love it any longer, I'll do something else. :-)

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, so long as you love what you're doing, you're not working. When it stops being fun, I'll bet you find something else.