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Retirement Before Retirement

Updated on February 23, 2017

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Who knows if that day will come

So many retired people don't get to enjoy their golden years

Left alone in some nursing home

Where other people help you

To do the things that you can no longer do

Everyone busy

Who has time to call

Never mind a real face to face visit

I'm in my early fifties

If I wait to 68 to retire

What in my life will have changed ?

Will I have my eyesight ?

So I can read and have a hobby

Finding time I never had

To make a puzzle or build a model ship

Will I be laying in bed unable to get up or have to use a walker ?

I hope not

Life comes with no guarantees

Will I reach my fiftith wedding anniversary ?

Am I still going to be able to drive a car ?

I hope so

My aunts and uncles will be all in their nineties

If they are still around

The simple answer is everything

The people and things I enjoy the most in my life

Might not be here

This is a subject not too many people want to mention

The truth is we are secretly working toward a goal

So we can live the dream we always wanted

If it's vacationing in Florida

Taking daily walks along the beach

Spending time relaxing and doing what we love

What it's not

Eating lousy food and looking forward to eating pudding with a plastic spoon

I love to watch t.v. and it is a lot of fun

It wouldn't be that way

If I was stuck in the house all day and television was my only enjoyment

Work can be a real drag

Without it I might be totally lost

I see friends and family at different times

I had two wakes in two days

That's a little much to handle

Facts of life

We are all going to die one day

Until that day comes

Are you going to be working till the day we drop ?

If not

Why not spring a little vacation and celebrate now

Now we don't have to think of our future

As the promised land

It can be living and sharing a little more

Each day may not be a day in and day out

Hotel stay at a beach resort get away

The secrets out

A hide away turned into a retirement fun

It is good to save for the future

Your family can benefit

If your not around to

Provided no nursing home needs your social security and your pension

As I eat a few cookies and two peanut and jelly sandwiches for lunch

One because I enjoy them

Two because I made my choice

So other people that have years on me

Who are retired and collecting after all their years of hard work

It would be grand

If you could fill in the blanks

I would appreciate some of the good and bad you have seen

Is your life more than expected and couldn't be better ?

Maybe you are on the sailboat floating down the coast

Then again maybe it has it's drawbacks

Minor setbacks that nobody fails to mention

Either way you will see it to the end

I will be there before I know it

Just something to think about

On a lazy afternoon where the sun is melting the snow

I go back to work tomorrow

My days off were nice

I earn my paycheck every week

Saving a little for that special day

Retirement only one thought away


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    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      20 months ago

      Michael-Milec Spending time at work gives us time and ideas for the future. Always experiencing the beauty of love and friendship I have found in every breath. If it is now or years from now. My experiences will keep changing as I am learning and growing not only from my body but from my mind. My spirit dancing on. I am finding so many fulfilling activities that make me feel good and appreciate the time I enjoy most. So I am retiring from being tired of all the things I don't like. That starts now.Then my age is only another number. God will guide me through each day as I continue to appreciate so many extraordinary experiences I have the greatest opportunity to feel in life. Thank you Michael for pointing out so much in your comments. Not just to Gypsy Rose Lee but everyone who will listen. Thank you for your time and your endless passion for love and life.

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      20 months ago

      Gypsy Rose Lee, your choice is excellent ' to continue doing what I am doing"- p e r f e c t. Keep occupied, make everyday count FULL TIME. So many people made wrong decision after retiring from a "full time job " - turned to be enjoying "worklessness "marching themselves into a grave. Enjoy your working life as long as you doing what you do and you do a right thing.

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      DREAM ON 

      20 months ago

      Gypsy Rose Lee Things have a way of changing that can bring about the future and life you desire. You get to work at home and that is a luxury many people would love to have. You have a loving husband and family that gives you the time to write and share your beautiful talents with the world. Thank you for reading and sharing. Looking forward to so many positive and uplifting times in the future.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      20 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      I have no thoughts about retirement. Since I work from home and since we are in financial difficulties the seasons and the years come and go and I have no choice at the moment but to continue doing what I am doing. I am still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that come March 1 I will be 60. This means that if I can manage to pull all the strings together then perhaps I will be able to get back and take another look at my homeland the U.S. if not well c'est la vie.

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      20 months ago

      Michael-Milec Keeping in mind the body we have has to last a lifetime. At a young age taking proper care and continuing that regular maintance for the rest of our life. Looking at each day as a wonderful and beautiful accomplishment. Adding all the days up to see the span of years that becomes our life. Loving the beginning of our life all the way to our last day. Thank you for reading and sharing.

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      20 months ago

      Yet another hurdle and a life is uninterrupted, "Retirement." Your poem is touching many aspects of unpredictable expectations / good or bad after the period of time when freedom of life and work opens a new, perhaps final chapter of earthly walking. "Start Now" you said and that is extremly wise thinking, and you are absolutely right about planing the future to the last sunset. Let say what if untill the onehundred twenty ?! In our neigborhood we have befrended a lady, soon ninetytwo, telling us she started at forthy fife planing her lifestyle in nineties. What I learned from that is to live a disciplyn fully engaged life" working day schedule." A year around , having short term, mid term and longterm plans.You love gardening. You pursue a hobby. You have a neighbors who will apreciate a giving hand. For me it seems like not having enough hours a day. ( From time to time I take a small project in woodworking.) Besides all I love gardening, cooking , helpind those in need. Not neglecting daily excercise, though somehow at certain limited pace as do people who are walking in the eight decade of being on this easrth...

      Funny enough when I first time heard in this country of retirement "At sixty five and die," - I just didnt accepted that. My decision was instead " refired " and the good Lord honors our desire to live long and healthy and productive. We call it determination and commitment.

      Grteat day !

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      DREAM ON 

      21 months ago

      ChangingTides2331 When I was young retirement seemed so far away. It was like climbing a mountain. You could but who would? It took planning and months of preparation. It is easy to get excited about doing something but it is so hard to stay excited for years to come. If you want to complete a long term goal you have to stay focused and accomplish many short term goals along the way. Thank you for reading and sharing. It is so wonderful to explore so many opportunities and watch the challenges turn into success. People tend to forget the long journey one step at a time. Enjoy the process not just the outcome. Have a great night.

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      21 months ago

      DREAM ON, you create many comfortable images in your writing, makes taking your words with me to motivate very easy. Retirement, life, marriage & work get a set of fresh eyes from your writing. Thank you.

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      DREAM ON 

      21 months ago

      MsDora You live in a wonderful place. People dream of vacationing in the Caribbean. So every day you see incredible sights and beautiful water.On my honeymoon we went to Western Caribbean. So many things to enjoy and so little time. Memories for a lifetime. I try to bring a little extra pleasure to everything I do. Reading your comments makes me happy. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Dora Weithers 

      21 months ago from The Caribbean

      No guarantees, so we do what we have to do. For those who work, find something to celebrate everyday, and to those who arrive at retirement, add more praise to the daily routine. This is so relatable!


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