Retirement Yenta has known her fair share of old geezers. In her mind, they fall into two camps: 1. those who are involved in living life, and loving learning 2. those who have sat down and are a’waiting to retire in the sky. Well, dear Readers, you can guess who your dear Yenta wants to hang out with. That’s right! This little Yenta loves to spend her free time hanging out with those retirees, pre-retirees, and semi-retirees who have the desire to go out and do something or learn something. The conversation and the activites are always active and lively. Studies have also shown that those who stay active in retirement are less likely to…uh…shall we say “age poorly.” Retirement Yenta says: “Stay interested in life, and stay interesting to your friends!”
Retirement Yenta loves a good party! AND, because Retirement Yenta loves a good party, she has forgotten a few things over the course of her years. With this in mind, your dear Yenta wants to suggests that you RE-educate yourself. Read your kid’s required text books, especially those of works of great literature! Not only does it give your noggin a workout, it will give you something for you to discuss with your kids (besides how they shouldn’t party so much). If your kids are grown, never fear, you can read along with your grand kids. If there are no grand kids in sight, get a neighbor’s kid to give your their reading list. OR, simply take a class all your own. Retirement Yenta says: RE-educate yourself. Maybe this time some of it will stick!
Retirement Yenta gives you permission to learn like a child — with fresh eyes and a new spirit. Believe me, things are changing all over the world, and there is a lot you don’t know. You may not know what you don’t know. Keep an open mind. From time to time, just sit still and consolidate your thinking. Start learning new things and experiment — ask all the “stupid questions” you always wanted to ask. At this point in your life, it will be fun to be naive.