Back in the Saddle

Retirement is a Misnomer; My Purpose Hasn’t Changed

It’s been two years since I retired from my full time position with Arizona Theatre Company, and the main thing I miss is the writing. So I’ve decided to take my daughter’s advice and start blogging. Even if no one reads my blogs, I will enjoy writing them. So “I’m back in the saddle.”

Why is the word “retirement” a misnomer? At least, for me? Some people die — literally — of boredom, once they retire. They feel purposeless and don’t know how to fill their days. They get depressed. They give up on their new-found freedom.

Not me. I haven’t looked back. This is time I never had when I was working, time to do things purely for pleasure and in the process, be inspired every day by the interesting people I share the planet with. It is “indescribably delicious,” as the Mounds wrapper says. And I feel lucky.

What things am I talking about? Well, I will tell you in upcoming blogs. But for now, let’s just say I’m having more fun than anyone deserves to have! And I think it’s because, like the Japanese, I have an  ikigai (pronounced like “icky guy”), a reason to wake up in the morning. The reason may change from day to day, but it’s nearly always there.

And in the next blog, I’ll tell you about it.

22 thoughts on “Back in the Saddle

  1. Good for you, Pauline. Many will relate to your blog and hopefully many will be inspired to find their own ikigai . At 72, I have not retired but I have thought about it lately – never before though. Timing is everything and though I have never had a plan, I am percolating one. 😉

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  2. Pauline, I loved it. Your words really spoke to me as I retired just over a year ago after a 33 year career in CountY government. I also have an Ikigai and time to do what I enjoy. Blessings to you in your new endeavor. ❤️

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    1. Let me know if you get two replies. This is new to me, and I’m not sure what I’m doing. At any rate, thank you! And all the best to you in your retirement. Isn’t it lovely?!


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