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Oceans for emotions: Learning how to retire

Sept. 30, 2011 at 4:30 a.m.


By Elaine Wheat

"Return unto thy rest, O my soul; For the Lord has dealt bountifully with thee."

- Psalms 116: 7

My sister who is also my best friend strongly suggested that I shut up and quit writing about being retired in my articles. She and probably the other readers are sick of hearing of it. After all, all you have to do is do the same thing over and over long enough and you retire. No big deal. Seeing that I have already blown her retirement suggestion off by writing about it in this article, you can see how well I mind my sister, Jo.

In my pre-retirement life of being an educator, I had to learn, practice, perform and perfect everything I had to do. Everything was routine, regulated, and repeated every year with just a few tweaks and turns each year.

What I am trying to say is I flat don't know how to retire. And it is driving me and everyone else crazy.

I think the last course on your master's degree should be Retirement 101 and should be required for graduation. After getting everything wrong that I tried to do yesterday and leaving off everything I could do right, I just did what every retiree can still do right and went fishing this morning.

Dear Lord, How wonderful it felt to be surrounded by my Oceans for Emotions where you do everything right, and I just get to enjoy it. I hope that man who stopped on the beach by me didn't think I was just a crazy old retired woman when he asked me if I had caught anything. And my reply to him was, "Yes, I finally caught up."

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