What Are My Suggestions for Retirement?

Many ask me what I do it in retirement and what suggestions might I have for those contemplating it. OK, here are my thoughts.

  1. Stay close to your family. Be in touch. Call, write, visit
  2. Read
  3. Write
  4. Travel, even a local trip
  5. Surround yourself with smart people
  6. Volunteer….community, library, soup kitchen, non-profit board, docent, etc.. There are any number of things
  7. Read
  8. Exercise on schedule. A former coach used to say, “The body loves a system.”
  9. Afternoon naps are good
  10. Read
  11. Help people
  12. When someone asks, “Are you interested in…” say yes until you are sure you are not
  13. Meet new people. Introduce yourself
  14. Read
  15. Visit museums

I had a friend say to me when I asked him if he kept busy during his retirement, “Ed, I wake up every morning at seven with nothing to do, and at five, I am only half done.”

Thoreau said, “If you advance in the general direction of your dreams, you may have them.”

So # 16. Dream


By | 2017-07-10T16:10:12+00:00 March 2nd, 2015|Art, Coffee Time, Education, Family|8 Comments


  1. Michael Rocchio March 3, 2015 at 12:42 am - Reply

    Great suggestions Ed

    • Ed March 3, 2015 at 2:09 am - Reply

      Thank you, Mike. I try to live them and find on occasion that I am too busy. But guess what…. I love it….
      And forgot to mention to take music lessons.

  2. O.V. Cummings March 3, 2015 at 6:38 pm - Reply


    A suggestion to add to your list: Be sure to subscribe to a home delivery daily newspaper so that when the thick Sunday paper arrives, there will at least be one day a week, you will know what day it is!

    On a sad note, I just learned that Fr. Morris died last night. I believe that he was 92.


    • Ed March 3, 2015 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks, O.V. very funny and perhaps true.
      Sorry to hear about Fr. Morris… a great man and huge factor in our lives.

  3. Lenny T March 16, 2015 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    It is very important to keep old friends who share the same needs as you, Its also great to make and share with young friends who keep you challenged and energetic.

    Lenny T

    • Ed March 16, 2015 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      So true indeed, Lenny. Thanks for the addition. You are one who lives it, and we all benefit.

  4. Alan Ashare March 23, 2015 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Ed, I just read your comments on retirement. I haven’t thought about retirement, and I’m the same age as you. My wife hasn’t retired. She still goes to work three days a week. I tell people that I go to work five days (sometimes six) a week, but I’m not sure that I’m working. Sometimes I’m reading Ed writes. Going to work has saved my marriage (going on our fifty second year). People ask me how my wife has been able to put up with me for so long, I respond “I work late!” Fifty percent of my hours are devoted to volunteer work, which does not pay well, but does keep me busy and happy. Some people even think that I’m helpful – amazing – isn’t it. We’ve always been a close knit family, four children, four grandchildren. We still have high hopes for more grandchildren. For your other suggestions, I’ve always surrounded myself with smart people – people smarter than I am. I learn from them. Occasionally, very occasionally, they learn from me. I’ve been doing volunteer work and helping others all my life – in high school, college, medical school – and after. It’s fun, and I get a rush from it. It doesn’t make me feel important. It makes me feel useful. I’m way ahead of everyone when it comes to naps. I was napping when it wasn’t fashionable. I was capable of napping anywhere. I should have only paid half tuition in college and medical school. So what would I do if I retired? I would probably go back to school. Get a business degree to find out why I handle my financial assets so poorly. Learn more languages – I’ve already picked out four or five – I might add Italian. “Reread” some of the texts that I should have read in college. Learn how to teach better. I know a good teacher when I hear one, and I’m not there yet. My motto has always been “HAVE FUN!” I can do that. Alan

    • Ed March 24, 2015 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      Al, so very funny and witty. And so true. If work is not work but rather fun, why stop? As for saving a marriage…not a bad thought. Thanks so much for the thoughtful and well-written comments. You are, and have always been, simply the best.

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