Retirement can be a very stressful time in a person's
life. A person often starts to have second thoughts about
whether or not they are doing the right thing.
Carlson has compiled a great book, which contains 100 topics dealing
with retirement. The first topic is called "Your World - and
Welcome to It." Dr. Carlson states that retirement is a unique
experience. It is a time when you set your own goals and which
one of them you pursue and achieve is mostly up to you. This
is so very true. Many people have very successful retirements
and do so much. Then you have others that really don't pursue
any goals and these are the ones that usually end up saying
"retirement is boring - I should have never quit
Another interesting topic is called "Becoming a
Joiner". When we retire, we don't have our usual contacts with
the people we worked with for several years. We might see them
occasionally but it is not the same as working with them each
day. Dr. Carlson suggests that retirees become a joiner.
By doing this, we can establish new social contacts. For
instance, joining an exercise program or an investment club.
These type of groups will provide you with new social contacts and
you will be able to meet face-to-face with people.
should read this book. We are all going to retire someday and
even if you are already retired, it will give you several ideas as
to how to deal with the many issues regarding retirement. The
book is easy to read and understand. In his foreward, Dr.
Carlson mentions three clubs. TGIF --Thank God It's Friday
(these members live for the weekend). The second is TGIM
(these members are workaholics and can't wait to get back to
work). The third is TGIT (thank God it's today). This is
for the retirees - you learn to appreciate and flourish within your
own set of circumstances. This just about says it all - it's
up to you to make your retirement successful and happy.
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