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You've Retired. Now What?

Updated on January 12, 2019
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Thank you for choosing to read Part IV, the Finale of my journey........

Move like a Turtle. Flutter like a Butterfly and Play like a Kitten.

It's Sunday morning and literally, a sunny day. Even if the sun wasn't shining brightly through your bedroom window as you opened your eyes, with an unintended smile on your face, it would be a bright, lovely day. Your mind goes immediately to one hell of a retirement party you attended the night before. It was a celebration to end all. You were nearly giddy with joy because in fact, that party was in honor of you! On that note, a wave of excitement bolts you out of bed.

What's that expression? Oh yeah, "Today is the first day of the rest of our life." This day, Day One of your retirement from 40 years of work, dedication and productivity, the 9 to 5 grind with it's myriad of ups and downs, has come to an end.

You look around the room and notice the helium balloons, having lost at least half of the gas, are floating and bobbing above your bed. On your night stand where you tossed them, are all the cards from fellow employees who threw this bash for you and partied hardy in your honor, until Midnight. Recalling the words inside one of those cards, brings another smile to your face. Joe, Supervisor from the shipping department, suggested your new life will allow you to "move like a turtle, flutter like a butterfly and play like a kitten." You announced to your guests that you're looking forward to doing just that.

You hadn't given much thought to what you might do this first day of your brand new life. Since your decision to retire, you've spent many an hour daydreaming of all the things you'd love to do, the places you're determined to go and all the exploring of every last thing there just hadn't been time to do. Now, your life belongs to you. What an exciting concept. Go ahead, pinch yourself. You've earned this, my friend and I'd like to take this opportunity to share a few ideas for your consideration.

Never let it be said that a one of us would intentionally waste a precious moment of life. What activities we each might choose to fill those moments and make them count as beneficial or memorable, are, in a word, endless. Don't be concerned, for even a day we choose to veg-out and smell the roses, can and does count as beneficial. Remember, this is the period in our life that for all intent and purpose, does not require a strict schedule nor a planned list of responsibilities and best of all, no one is over our shoulder, waiting on results or reports. Savor that realization for a moment. Believe me, I know the feeling. Nice, really nice.


What do you love to do? Saddle up that Hobby Horse.

Besides being a favorite way to relax and enjoy yourself, have you ever considered that our hobbies can easily become a source of cash flow? According to "Investopedia," as well as "60 and Me online Community," more and more retirees are realizing there's a small gold mine and a whole lot of pride and self-satisfaction to selling the products or services that are the result of hobbies we've dabbled in through the years.

What am I talking about? I'm referring to that lovely jewelry you've made to give as much appreciated gifts to family and friends. Those colorful, comfy quilts you've made to warm the cold winter nights, that by the way, are admired by everyone who sees them. Can you picture a display of your hand-crafted, wooden bird houses, at the next craft show or community Flea Market? Beginning to get the fever? Sounds like a great idea and a lot of fun, doesn't it? Perhaps best of all is the extra cash you can earn, doing what you love.

Volunteerism & Service

You can be sure you and your services will be welcomed with open arms at most all community assistance agencies and charitable organizations such as The Salvation Army, Goodwill, Literacy Volunteers and at City Missions. You'll find the time and talent you can offer in these arenas, give back ten-fold to you as what you give. Here's an opportunity to be active, meet friendly individuals while doing your part for the less fortunate. It's a gift that gives in so many ways, to those in need.

Up to this point, you may have not realized how many of the friendly and helpful people you had encountered in hospitals, schools, clubs and parks, are retired volunteers. These individuals are the ideal person to sit at welcome desks or work in gift shops or deliver flowers & cards to patients in our hospitals. If you'd like a real boost of pride as well, imagine the satisfaction of teaching a skill to the youth involved with a Boys and Girls Club. I will personally attest to the joy I get from working with adult students via Literacy Volunteers.


Socializing and Recreation

If you're a loner, more of a laid-back, easy-going person who prefers solitude and an environment of serenity, may your days be custom-designed to suit your desires. This is your time to spend as you wish, Whatever makes you feel the happiest and most comfortable. Keep in mind the word, "Boredom" has been forever banished from thought. Get used to your new freedom. Believe it, 7 days a week of 24 hours and you're in charge. Hallelujah!!

What is your pleasure, by the way? Are you a social butterfly, happier spending time with others, the more the merrier? I believe you can find Senior Citizen Organizations of various types, in every town city and village around. They're all run differently, usually in the ways the members democratically decide to run their particular groups. So many of them organize day trips via luxury-bus travel to fascinating and fun destinations. They have meetings, luncheons, special guest speakers and often sponsor fund-raisers to benefit a community charity. There's always something going on and it's a wonderful way to spend your time. Be creative. The list is endless.

The time has arrived to experience all you ever thought you'd like to do or at least sample. Plant and nurture a vegetable garden, take a leisurely walk in the park and feed the pigeons, as simple as it sounds, it promotes a sense of peace. Yes, the simple things. You've got the time to savor now and it all seems so wonderful, no matter how simple.

Visit family and friends you haven't seen in forever and have the pleasure of catching up with all the news. Laugh, cry, hug, share stories, enjoy a meal. Remember to snap some pictures for your "Retirement Journal." An album is a must! On days you spend quietly at home, you can browse through that journal, appreciate the photos and revisit the memories you've jotted down.

Want a bit more excitement? Hey, go for it, wild one! Boating, skiing, white-water rafting, hiking, Hot-air balloon rides, hunting, fishing and "Grab your partner," Square Dancing. If it sounds good to you, do it.

Retire on wheels?
Retire on wheels?

Spend some of this time on Self-Care. TLC is long overdue.

This short article, I admit, has merely brushed the surface of the enormous picture before you. I really can't stress the reality of how much there is to consider, plan for and look forward to, now that you have retired from making a living and have graduated to enjoying and appreciating the fruits of your labor.


I haven't mentioned the retirement life of snow birds. It seems that's very popular and also quite different from remaining in your official year-round home. Perhaps our snow birds need their own special article. Perhaps I'll choose to work on that as an afternoon project.

You finally have time to focus on you. It may seem unfamiliar but you'll easily fall right into the routines involved. Ladies, oh those long, lazy, luxury baths. Quite a special treat from the quick hurry in and out of the morning shower!

Guys, I'll bet you'll have no trouble at all, kicking back in that lounger with a cold one, to watch non-stop ESPN. Really! Sports is no longer limited to Sunday afternoon. Try to control yourself! Nah, never mind. Go ahead, let go, cheer as loudly as you like. Watch every game of every sport you love.

To wrap this up, friends, I probably don't have to mention this but.......Remember Nap-Time. It's the Best!!


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© 2018 Paula

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    manatita44 

    7 days ago from london

    Happy 71st then. So sorry!

    Enjoy!!

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    Paula 

    7 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Manatita........So nice to have a visit from you today. I do enjoy my freedom from the 9-5 each day and have learned to make the most of my time. There's so much to enjoy and time to give to others.

    I've actually just celebrated my 71st. birthday, Sir!! The important fact is.....I'm very "Young-at-Heart!!" Have a Peaceful, Blessed day, Paula

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    manatita44 

    7 days ago from london

    Hallelujah, indeed!! 40 years is no joke. I know, for I survived another 12 making it 52 years of service.

    Solitude is awesome, but some social is cool too. Snow balls and luxury baths … just lying in bed and all these comfy quilts you mentioned. Yea, I can dig that. Some really cool info on retirement. I hear you are 70! is that so? Whaou!! You look so young!

    Enjoy! my Sweet. You seem to know how. Om Shanti!

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    Paula 

    6 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Pat....How wonderful that your retirement has been a blessing for you and your family. You certainly made the right decision. Peace, Paula

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    Patricia Scott 

    6 weeks ago from sunny Florida

    Lots of thoughtful suggestions....I retired in 2011 before I had planned as my daughter was very ill then and I knew I could not be the best teacher and Momma and Nini so I retired And actually it is wonderful I do what I want when I want and honestly am busier than ever and loving it Angels are headed your way this afternoon ps

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    Paula 

    2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Randy!!? Is that really you?? What a nice surprise. This must be a special night to get a visit from you. Thanks for stopping by.

    As for your wise words...how right you are. Life has been making choices for me, so often & for so long, I've learned to hold on tight and wait for the next storm to hit. Fortunately, I also learned how to hang in there and bend, duck and swerve when needed! Like you say, Randy....I guess our own choices are limited..... sometimes, it's simple survival.

    You're another man who has a lot of options in your life to make your retirement a healthy, happy experience. More power to you, my friend and I wish you a long, & peaceful life. Paula

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 months ago from Southern Georgia

    Life often makes our choices for us, Paula. :)

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    Paula 

    2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Chris....3 yrs, 8 mos. & 9 days....but who's counting? Right? LOL. I never got to experience the count-down, since I retired early and unplanned. I took Family Leave for 6 months to be sole caretaker of my only sister, who battled the end stages of breast cancer, as well as our 82 yr. old mother, who, after we lost my sister, literally gave up the will to continue to struggle with heart failure and passed only 3 months later. That was, for me, just another year from hell.

    Emerging from that gruesome experience, my now-deceased husband, took one look at me and quite out of character, put his foot down and insisted I submit my resignation. I think back on that and know that it was necessary but so often I've wondered if I'd have had the strength, would I have fought him? Water over the damn, as we say.

    In any event, being younger than retirement age, I had no choice but to become creative with my time. The first full year I was engrossed in adjusting to and accepting the fact that I was, quite sadly, the sole surviving member of my precious birth family. Never was I more grateful for having my 4 sons and their wonderful wives & children.....The cycle of life is the miracle we sometimes overlook.

    A man with your energy and talents, as well as such varied interests can look forward to a spectacular retirement, Chris. You & Darby are in for a great adventure. And who knows, Chris, if you choose to fall in love again, I can guarantee you, some lovely woman will take one look at you and follow you anywhere! I wish you the very best! Peace, Paula

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    Chris Mills 

    2 months ago from Lowell, MA through the end of May, 2019.

    Three years, eight months and nine days. That's my goal. I've been traveling full time for so long, I don't know if I can stop. So I'll probably pick up a truck and travel trailer and keep moving around for a while. There are places I've visited while working that I want to return to and enjoy without the pressures of a job. My son is buying my house, so that's one problem solved...and one created. Thanks for all the great thoughts and ideas, Paula. I like how you think.

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    Paula 

    2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    For Heaven's sake, Nell....you're just a baby!! Only in your 50's gives you much time to think about retiring. By the time you do decide to retire, you will have a different slant on life....trust me. Have fun and enjoy yourself until then!! I'm happy to see you, GF....since I'm not around as much as I was, I find that I miss all my wonderful HP friends!

    Paula

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    Nell Rose 

    2 months ago from England

    I am still in my 50s so a bit off from retiring, but it would be good if I had a job to retire from! LOL! fingers crossed I will get another one soon, always good to 'see' you! :)

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    Paula 

    3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    So happy to hear from you , dear friend. Funny thing, I too am getting older by the minute. The positive thing about this is that we're also becoming wiser, more focused on what really matters and much less bothered by the petty nonsense!

    I had no idea you went through an evacuation, Audrey! I am so sorry you had to endure such a frightening experience. Yet, it does not surprise me that a trooper like you, came out the other side, safe and complete with having adopted a new & fascinating hobby. Rock painting! How creative! Leaving your works of art in fire-damaged areas of forests is absolutely ingenious.

    Nature is an amazing source of beauty and inspiration. In fact, when I began jotting down notes for this article, as I sat at the edge of my yard, creekside, all I had to do was look around me. There was cranky old Mr. Snapping turtle, lazily staring at me from his rock, as a pretty yellow butterfly fluttered above me and my precious kitten, "Beemer," was attempting to tickle my toes. I realized what we all had in common!

    You deserve to do whatever Audrey chooses to do! Follow your heart. girlfriend. You know it will serve you well. Smile! Sending hugs, Paula

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    Audrey Hunt 

    3 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    Dear Paula

    I'm getting older by the minute and still haven't retired. Well, maybe I kinda have. I'm not working 14 hours a day 7 days a week like I have most of my life. Do you know what I've taken up as a hobby and just love it? Rock painting. I started this last August when I was evacuated from the mountain during a huge fire. The woman who took me in started me with this and I became hooked.

    But there's another reason for painting rocks. After I paint an image on one side and a message on the other, I place these rocks in burned areas in the forest here, with my blessing. Maybe, in some small way, the energy and love I carry for all the trees, plants, and animals will somehow encourage new growth. It's also my way of thanking mother nature for all her beauty and my sorrow for this great loss.

    Love this hub! Your message, Move like a Turtle. Flutter like a Butterfly and Play like a Kitten is magical. Spoken like the true artist you are.

    May you have endless peace, joy, and love.

    Hugs,

    Audrey

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    Paula 

    4 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Devika....Hello there stranger!! So good to see you again. I wish you & yours a very healthy, happy Year/2019!! Peace, Paula

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    Devika Primić 

    4 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Retirement is a different stage in your life and you said it with great interest. A time when you supposed to feel free and less stressed. Enjoy"

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    Paula 

    5 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Kim....I appreciate you taking the time to post a lovely response. I'm happy for you, as well. When we're able to enjoy the fruits of our years of labor, it's a beautiful thing!

    I wish you & yours a very special Holiday Season. Peace, Paula

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    ocfireflies 

    5 months ago from North Carolina

    Paula,

    First of all, Congratulations! Reaching retirement is a huge milestone and you have listed lots a of great ideas, along with opportunities, the retiree can now take advantage of in her retirement. Presently, I am working on a project inspired from all my years as an educator which I could not do if not retired. And, I love the title you chose for this hub.

    Blessings Always,

    ocfireflies aka Kim

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    Paula 

    6 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Congratulations, Grandma!! As one with 14 grandchildren!!(including 2 great-grandchildren).....I know you'll enjoy every minute with your precious darling. Treasure the moments....please believe me, it flies by! I can still recall the day my "first" was born, 26 years ago and now she has an Angel of her own!! Amazing!!

    Looks like you might be the youngest, prettiest Grandma in town! Peace, Paula

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    Kathy Burton 

    6 months ago from Florida

    Hello Paula,

    I retired early and after three years went back to work part time for awhile. Best job I ever had but now I have the opportunity to take care of my two month old granddaughter and write when she sleeps. I been doing this for two weeks and what a joy she is.

    Things keep changing for me in my retirement and I am okay with that.

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    Paula 

    6 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hey girl.....Remember Nell, your only job now is to live, love and be happy! Might not pay well but it feels great! And we deserve it!!

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    Nell Rose 

    6 months ago from England

    After 35 years of working in an office, shop, charity shop, and now cleaning I just click away at my pc in my spare time. its rather like being retired, but not working still, (proper job) is driving me insane! lol! as I said before, great advice though, always good to see you Paula! :)

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    Paula 

    6 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Dream on.....Great to see you here! I'm glad you enjoyed reading my tips for an interesting retirement plan. So many of my friends who have reached this transition in life, have come up with some of the most ingenious ways to keep active and be productive. This seems to be the key. You're just a "baby" yet, but you'll see as your career goes on, no one wishes to ever be inactive or non-productive.

    Although for the first few weeks, I recall taking some time to "adjust" & settle in to a brand new schedule, I can honestly admit to being busier and feeling more useful than ever! We each make our own plans! Thanks for stopping by. Paula

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    DREAM ON 

    6 months ago

    I loved your take on retirement. I think you could make it into a movie. Fun with Friends and Loved Ones. Who knows it might take a few years two finish but think of the inside look of what to expect and surprises along the way. After so many years of working what a change. I told my wife I am starting my countdown to retirement now. Eighteen more years. I want to retire at 72. My wife wants to retire at 63. I laugh and tell her we will just have to wait and see. Anywhere in between is really o.k. with me. As long as we are healthy and happy. Thank you for all your ideas and all the comments from your loyal followers who are retired or soon to be. Enjoy a re ally ti ngly re stful me llow n ice t errific day and night.

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    Paula 

    7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hello, Jack...Thanks for visiting. I agree wholeheartedly about acquiring "hobbies" during our lifetime. As I mentioned in my article, creating a cash-flow in retirement can be a good idea because we can rely on talents we've nurtured for years, such as art, woodwork, jewelry-making, etc.

    In fact, as writers, we're in a great position to finally put that talent to work in so many ways, once we've retired. I took out a $2.00 ad offering my services as a proof-reader and got 3 clients in less than one month! A friend of mine makes cakes from her home and can barely keep up with orders!! Another man I know, makes birdhouses & picnic tables. He pulls in a hefty total per year!

    The best part of it all is that once we are the BOSS, we choose the hours we wish to invest. Take care, Jack. Paula

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    Jack Lee 

    7 months ago from Yorktown NY

    Some excellent advice. I have been retired for almost 3 years and have done all the items you mentioned. The only thing I would add is don’t wait till you are retired to start. Getting a hobby takes time to develop. Better start as early as possible.

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    Paula 

    7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Lawrence.....Hi there! So glad you stopped by to offer your comment. You are absolutely correct. So many retirees like us, go on to any number of various part-time jobs to not only positively occupy their time, but also create a cash flow.

    I recently discovered 3 of the customer service reps in our local hardware store, are men who retired from their lifelong careers in the past 2 years. They admit to very much enjoying this "gig" they picked up, despite retirement. Best of luck to you, Lawrence. Paula

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    Lawrence Hebb 

    7 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

    Paula

    I'm not much for watching sport, but I work with quite a few people who retired, got bored and went back to work driving Buses!

    I asked one "why?" one day and got told, "There's only so much golf you can play"

    For me that's a great idea, I might not have to retire if I don't want to!

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    Nell Rose 

    8 months ago from England

    Hope you have an awesome Weekend Paula! :)

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    You just offered an amazingly wonderful IDEA!! It's obvious your mind works full-time in a very positive way! Thanks for stopping by with your brightness!

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    Amanda Littlejohn 

    8 months ago

    Oh yes. I'm on the cusp of being closer to 70 now than 60 but I feel as full of life and energy and ideas as ever I was.

    I know that many people, men especially, who have invested a lot of their identity in the work they did, suffer a crisis on retirement. But as you properly point out, it doesn't have to be that way.

    In a more civilized society, every employer might be obliged to offer older staff some kind of "retirement counseling" to help them make the transition. Now, that's an idea worth promoting.

    Thanks for a great read, as always.

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    RT....Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. I like that, "Motion is Lotion." I'll have to look up Piper's poem. I'm sure it's great.

    I must admit that sometimes I'm so focused on remaining active, when I rest, it's a super pleasure! Peace, Paula

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    RTalloni 

    8 months ago from the short journey

    A neat look at ideas for making the most of so-called retirement years. Keeping busy is important for every aspect of retirees well-being, reminding of the quote from knee therapists, "Motion is lotion". Also, you've reminded me of John Piper's retirement poem, "Conflict with Sloth", in which we are well reminded that we were designed to ... :-)

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Nell.....We can only have EVERYTHING if we're willing to sacrifice something somewhere! I say, we do whatever floats our boat and to hell with the rest, girlfriend! Hope all is well across the pond! Paula

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    Nell Rose 

    8 months ago from England

    Great ideas Paula. I am a way to go before I get there, but as I am not working at the moment I tend to do this stuff too. I have a couple of little jobs that I wish were more, but hey can't have everything can you? lol!

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Ron......So nice to see you. Thanks for visiting. You & I think alike! Peace, Paula

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    Ronald E Franklin 

    8 months ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

    This is a good reminder that retiring from day-to-day work does not mean retiring from life. I think it's especially important to still engage in activities that make a contribution to enhancing other people's lives. When you do that, boredom won't be an issue.

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Genna. You're too sweet. Thanks so much for visiting! You'll be swinging in that hammock in the sun before you know it! As multi-talented as you are, Genna, I've no doubt you'll be flitting about, being an active, productive retiree and truly enjoying the fruits of your labor!

    Wishing you the best! Peace, Paula

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    Genna East 

    8 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

    Hi Paula. This wonderful article makes me look forward to retirement all the more. There are so many things I hope to do when this day finally arrives. I'm always puzzled when someone says that they find retirement boring. They should read your article, my friend.

    "Move like a Turtle. Flutter like a Butterfly and Play like a Kitten." I loved this! :-)

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Well said, Peggy! Of course, with your art hobby, boredom could never be an option. What a wonderful way to enjoy yourself and make extra bucks if you choose !!

    I too wonder how even in retirement, I feel the days are simply not long enough! Thanks for visiting.

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    Peggy Woods 

    8 months ago from Houston, Texas

    It is nice to be able to get up when one wishes instead of meeting a work schedule. We seem to fill each and every day and still, there is not enough time to do everything we wish to accomplish. Retirement is far from boring! We are simply doing other things now.

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Catherine....What we choose to do is obviously what is right for us at any given point.....so I always encourage and hope that retirees go for it. The main thing is to increase our joy and comfort at this point in our lives.

    You clearly made an excellent choice in writing! P.

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    Catherine Giordano 

    8 months ago from Orlando Florida

    Thanks for this advice on retirement and the sprightly style in which you give it. I've given most of your ideas a try. I've settles on writing, at least for now.

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Martie, my dear friend....So good to see you. Since we last spoke, I have read some pretty horrific news reports on frightening activities going on in So.Africa. Of course I immediately think of you. I may be emailing you soon, honey. Please be safe and be well. Paula

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    Martie Coetser 

    8 months ago from South Africa

    Retirement is just another phase of life. Very much like the teenage phase where breaking with established customs is the order of the day, though finally with wisdom. My only hope is not to retire to the phase where I am too old to enjoy soul-enriching hobbies.

    Great hub. Thanks, Paula!

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    There she is, my Earth Angel. All I will say is that I would not want the job of following you around your busy days!! My friend Maria, who does it all, because "she's got it all!!" Is the concept of retiring even in your plans? That, I gotta see! Love you too, Paula

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    Maria Jordan 

    8 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Wonderful post and loving the comment stream as well, dear Paula.

    I cannot ever imagine being bored at any stage of life - just have never been wired that way.

    Can I still wish you a Happy 'Labor' Day weekend...yeah, I think so. ;)

    Love you much and big hugs too, Maria

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hi Jodah. I hope you had a chance to view the video in my article because the gentleman in it has much in common with you, in terms of beginning his writing career after retirement!

    Sounds like you and the Mrs. have a good thing going! Glad to hear it! Keep doing what you do and enjoy!! Peace, Paula

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    John Hansen 

    8 months ago from Queensland Australia

    I enjoyed this Paula. You do offer some great advice to retirees. My wife and I often say we are busier now then we were when working. I didn't really start to write until after I retired so that is probably the thing I am most pleased about. Also, have spent a few years running a charity and as a volunteer firefighter. Another good part is we can do things we enjoy any day of the week and not have to wait for weekends.

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    OK OK Shannon, we get it.....You're YOUNG! Watch out! The years pass quickly and have a way of sneaking up on us....like Whooosh! LOL. Seriously, ask any "old" retiree....one night I went to bed at 50 and woke up at 65!!

    Hmmm I know what you mean...I read a lot of articles I'm not necessarily interested in just because I really like the writer's style. I don't think too many people do that. Glad to know there's at least one more out there! Thanks for the visit.

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    Shannon Henry 

    8 months ago from Texas

    Well, at my age, moving like a turtle would not be a good thing. LOL. But I like the rest of that quote. I enjoyed reading this article, too, (even if I am light years away from retirement ) because something else I like is your writing style.

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hey Cynthia......Thanks for dropping in all the way from Vancouver Island! (Sounds like that might be a wonderful place to live!)

    I'm glad you appreciate my tips. After 15 years of retirement, I'm sure you pretty much know what your agenda is. Carry on and have fun!

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Sean.....So nice of you to visit and comment. Thanks for your kind comment and wish for blessings. Peace, Paula

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Angie.....Young? Sounds like you need to read my article on Aging being an "attitude." Forget the calendar.....ignore the numbers. As long as you're young-at-heart and it sure looks to me like you are!

    You & hubby have each other, I'm safely assuming your health is in good shape & you have your plan. Won't be long now and you'll be in the Retirees Club. Good Luck, Angie. Paula

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Bill-Bro.....Yes, no doubt, you sure are the busiest man I know. In fact I'm sure I've mentioned that I've often wondered how on earth you do what you do! BUT,,,,your urban farm "would be-could be" that cash-flow hobby/activity I mentioned if you didn't do the other hundred things you do!! See what I mean?

    I know your farm and the market and your literal zoo of critters is a whole lot of work but that's because my big (but a bit younger) brother has to do everything in super-size!!

    Bottom line,,,,you don't work away from Home-sweet-Home, nor for some corporate jerk who makes demands and realistically, other than Bev, (your real boss) well, she's part of your benefits package!! LOL ( I always said it helps to sleep with the boss!)

    Looking at it this way, you are officially retired, old man. You've obviously just chosen to labor through it.

    Thanks for reading even though you do not need a single tip, that's for sure!! You make me feel lazy....but I assure you, I'll get over it! Hugs, Sis

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    Cynthia 

    8 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

    Some very good tips, Paula... I will have to study them a little more thoroughly. I have been retired for about 15 years from the old career thing and sometimes it just feels like I'm on another carousel.

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    Ioannis Arvanitis 

    8 months ago from Greece, Almyros

    You can't retire from Love Paula, so you have a lot to do! Ha! Ha!

    Thank you for this beautiful Hub! My best wishes to you and all the people who start this new adventure.

    God Bless your days!

    Sean

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    A B Williams 

    8 months ago from Central Florida

    Hi Paula -

    I love this.

    As small business owners, we once had a plan in place to retire young and enjoy many of the things you've mentioned, but.....

    We pretty much had to start over, holding on to getting there some day soon to enjoy. The plan hasn't changed we'll just not be as young. :)

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    Bill Holland 

    8 months ago from Olympia, WA

    Retire? LOL Oh, Sis, you always had the greatest sense of humor. Just one more thing I love about you.

    I am two months short of seventy and I have never been so busy. Truthfully! My to-do list looks like it has no ending.

    Now I ain't saying your suggestions aren't good ones; it's just that I can't envision having the time to do them. :)

    Wishing you a brilliant weekend, my lovable sister.

    bill

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hi Paul..and thanks so much for the nice comment. I too am happy that you are enjoying your retirement. I don't mind saying we've earned every minute of it! The best part IMO, Paul is that we can be as active & creative as we choose......or opt to simply kick back and read a novel or listen to music and it's all A-OK! Peace, Paula

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    Paul Richard Kuehn 

    8 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

    Paula,

    Having been completely retired for more than four years, I can certainly relate to this excellent article. Retirements should be planned and it is important that you have enough money to retire on. That being said, your suggestions such as hobbies, volunteering, travel, and gardening are excellent. It is important to socialize and that is why I am on Facebook, have friends, and belong to an expat club. I am very happy that you are enjoying your retirement. Paul

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    MzB....I am sorry to hear you must deal with back pain. I am all to familiar with this malady that can hold us back from doing so many of the things we might aspire to. In fact, I have been shopping particular types of orthopedic braces to do what I can to alleviate some of the worst of this pain.

    Have been to physical therapy and it helped for a while. I admit to being lax in keeping up with the exercise routine. There are days I just dont have the umpf! if you can relate.

    Hey girlfriend....we need to keep on truckin.. ,concentrate on what we can do and be patient with ourselves! Peace, Paula

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Ann.... Aren't grandchildren amazing? What a blessing they are to us in our later years. They help us to get through the changes we experience by reminding us of what's really important! We are lucky women, Ann. Paula

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    Doris James MizBejabbers 

    8 months ago from Beautiful South

    Great article, Paula, with some good ideas for service to others. My mom volunteered for AARP before she passed away. Years ago I had planned to volunteer at the museum where I served as a guide in the 1970s, but the place has changed so much and their focus is so different now that I'm not sure that I would enjoy it. I've could volunteer at the Clinton Center, but that's too much like real work. After all, I'm Retired!

    I had all these interests I'd planned to pursue, and I will if I can get my back fixed. I want to travel, to go to Ireland, and to Patagonia and Machu Pichu. I will if the doctor can fix my back so I can stand on my feet.

    Loved your bit on the snowbirds. Snowbirds interest me, too. I would love to be one, but then I would have to buy a home up north, lol, because my state is one of the fastest growing states in the nation to attract retirees. Actually, I would love to have a second home out west in either New Mexico (lived there for a couple of years) or Arizona because I have relatives in both states and love the scenic country.

    So I'll just keep writing and making jewelry. Maybe take some more classes in fine art at the local Art Center and explore my artistic side.

    I'm very lucky. Larry insists on being our cook. He doesn't like my cooking and choice of foods (healthy), so I sit back and let him. I enjoy my coffee in bed each morning. Lucky me, except that I wish he liked to do dishes, too. Glad you are a fellow retiree, Girlfriend!

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    Ann Carr 

    8 months ago from SW England

    Yes I find it very hard to believe!

    Some days I almost feel guilty that I can sit and do nothing but look at the sky - almost! I missed noticing many things around me until I had the time. I also learn much from my delightful grandchildren.

    Let's continue enjoying our own time that we've earned through hard work! Peace to you too, Paula.

    Ann

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Yves......I too am an incurable Homebody. I'm sorry. It looks like I confused you. The focal point of my article was Retirement afterlife in general....not my own. I actually retired 10 years ago (younger than necessary) although I still go back to the office to sub for vacationing staff (guess I'm a glutton for punishment.) The truth is, I live too close and the divisional manager knows I'll say "yes," if she asks me to fill in for a staff member.

    In all honesty, I'm busier and more active with my time now than I was when working.

    I understand your position quite well and applaud your decisions. Like I said, I am more the homebody who really appreciates peace, solitude and a lot of independent projects. My life before retirement was so hectic and stressful, I can't imagine wanting or needing too much excitement at this point in my life! Thanks so much for stopping by, Yves. Always good to hear from you. Peace, Paula

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    Yves 

    8 months ago

    Hi Paula....Congratulations on being retired! Forty years of service is admirable, to say the least. Sounds like you've already dived into your list of things to do. I appreciate the shout-out to people like me, who are happy to puddle around the house and not necessarily be out and about doing stuff with other people.

    At this juncture, I am semi-retired, but thinking of opening up a new business. If so, I will likely work until I am dead, Lol. As they say, no rest for the wicked. But when I can rest, I have no problem doing nothing except cooking a great meal for dinner while sipping on a glass of wine and listening to music. The early part of the day is meant for shopping for fresh food and cleaning up a bit. Sounds boring, but I love it.

    Great article, girlfriend. Maybe I'll try some of the other stuff one day. But I won't bank on it. Homebodies love their homes!

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Ann...So glad you stopped by! I'm aware there are individuals like the ones you mention but seriously Ann? Isn't it difficult to imagine adults who think they'll have "nothing to do" for lack of interests? First off, why do they have NO interests? It just amazes me. I have often said that I can honestly admit to never experiencing boredom in my life (unless of course I was too young to recall)

    I'm happy to hear you;re enjoying yourself and doing the things that mean the most to you. There can be something new and different ever day! To include.....sitting lazily in the yard watching the butterflies & hummingbirds!!

    Bless you for your involvement with literacy volunteers. It's so rewarding, Ann. Here's to those lovely walks by the sea! Peace, Paula

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    Ann Carr 

    8 months ago from SW England

    Great hub, Paula! I must say I'm totally enjoying retirement, doing what I want when I want. I have much more time with family and friends and I can go for walks by the sea any time any day.

    Once we've done all our house renovations (soon!) I'll be volunteering to help out with reading /literacy at a local primary school, as that's my thing.

    I had several colleagues who were scared of retiring as they had no interests which was sad. Maybe they found something to occupy them. Some seem to give up and wait for the end; what a waste.

    Lots of good suggestions here. You've covered every type of person!

    Ann

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Eric,,,,,3 retirements?! Goof Grief, Sir, that's a whole lot of parties, balloons, cake and cards! Please tell us, you're not thinking of retiring "Eric, the Preacher Man," are you?? Hope not. Besides, one more party and you'll collapse!

    So, essentially, Eric, you're confessing to having been a JUGGLER? Peace, Paula

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    pop.....Hmmmm, pretzel arms, huh? They must work for their planet's IRS. eh?

    Speaking of pretzels, I think I'll research what the rise in the percentage of beer & pretzels is, per household, AFTER retirement. I always like to get a jump on the Government studies and we gotta know sure as Sh** they have this one planned.

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Mike....HUH??! What?!! You just bowled me over! A GREAT-grandfather!! Holy sugar cubes, Batman! Are you serious? Here I am feeling like an Old Buzzard, after holding my precious "2nd" great grandchild this week....and you're one too?? Oops...I mean ...uh.....a great grandparent......not an Old Buzzard. Sorry. But actually Mike........Congratulations. What other surprises can I expect??

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    breakfastpop 

    8 months ago

    These people look a bit like us, but their arms are twisted into pretzels. It is beyond strange!

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Sha.....I'm so impressed with your life-planning organization & pro-active thinking! You've got a damned good handle on what' you've accomplished, what's going on presently and what your tomorrow will be! Just my kind of woman! Free-thinking, independent and ON THE BALL! Go girl!

    There's just one thing, girlfriend. I wish you'd stop mentioning how young you are!! LOL Peace, Paula

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    mckbirdbks 

    8 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

    Hi Paula - Just between you and me. And it is our secret, I am a great grandfather. I began very young, to give everybody plenty of time.

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Carolyn....Good to see you. I have no doubt you'll never retire from life! " Miss-energetic-productive-2 books-published-and-working-on-your-third!!" Wow! You go girl! Paula

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    pop....You mean, there are people who have trouble with believing it's OK to relax? Wow. You're so full of bizarre info! Do these people look like you and me or more like E.T.?? I'm sorry pop, but I doubt they're our same species. Thanks for visiting! Paula

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hi Mary......Kudos to you and your husband for forging onward after retiring! Makes me tired just thinking of it. I hope you are definitely indulging yourselves now! You've earned it. Peace, Paula

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    Eric Dierker 

    8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Some kind of miracle hit me. I was on my third retirement. Pro skier, attorney and commodities trader. What an idiot I am. The miracle was two fold marrying a much younger wife who is a workaholic and a son now eight. I sit around doing omphaloskepsis. Waxing eloquent to my self and being harassed by "friends" who insist that I get back in the game.

    Heck I just moved a spider from the front to the back garden.

    I think I get it and yet I do not.

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    It's the amazing Mr. F!! Now, I'll bet you're a guy who gets his own food, as well as some for your wife! Our resident sweet gentleman Mike.

    Tsk tsk...you too have used a non-existent phrase.....".After the children are raised?" You just gave away the fact that you're not yet a Grandfather.

    Get ready for Phase II, Mike. Now, now, wipe those tears. It's only another 18 years. Peace, Paula

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Hey there, Jackie......

    Your suspicion is accurate. I do believe there's no such phrase for women as, "not working." As for that one "boss" who yells for more food?" LOL. I'm sorry you missed my tutorial: :Teaching men to take baby steps from the Couch to the the Kitchen. Too late for you now, girlfriend! YOU crack me up, Jackie!... LOL.....Paula

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    W0W! LELAND....that great comment qualifies you as my Tuesday Hero! Thank you so much for such praise. You have humbled me, which will definitely surprise my friends!! LOL......Peace, my friend, Paula

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    Paula 

    8 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    LOL....No, I wasn't napping but I can see I need to get busy responding to my visitors,

    Flourish, I don't suppose you have an article about songs having to do with retirement...or do you? Those might be difficult to come up with, although it's reasonable to believe people sure feel like singing when they're able to clock out for the last time!

    Thanks so much for the visit! Paula

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    8 months ago from Central Florida

    I look forward to the day I can retire. I still have 5 1/2 years to go before I can collect full SS. I'm working towards having my mortgage paid off by then, otherwise I'll have to continue working until such time.

    You provide some great ideas here, Paula. I'll definitely keep them in mind when my day arrives!

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    Carolyn Fields 

    8 months ago from South Dakota, USA

    Retired from work . . . not from life. That about sums it up.

    Great article!

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    breakfastpop 

    8 months ago

    Paula, this is a fabulous article. I love retirement and so does my husband. I love when you reminded people that if you feel like just relaxing, it is okay. That is something that most people have trouble with. After working for so many years, just hanging out feels wrong and good at the same time. Personally, i have no trouble enjoying myself!

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    Mary Norton 

    8 months ago from Ontario, Canada

    This is a great article. Our first retirement party was 1997 but since then, we worked as consultants until this year when health issues made us decide to settle down and take care of ourselves. It is a nice feeling to have time to enjoy just being, to do what you enjoy doing and indulge yourself.

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    mckbirdbks 

    8 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

    Hello Paula - There is a lot of good, sound advice here. I am thinking retirement is no picnic and presents plenty of challenges. We likely all agree, we will not miss working for someone else. It occurs to me, that after the children are raised, ALL of your suggestions could come into play, before retirement.

    This Hub is inspired. So happy inspiration.

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    Jackie Lynnley 

    8 months ago from The Beautiful South

    I worked my butt off and I love not working. (If there is such a thing for a woman, huh?) It is really nice answering to no one and finally in life not having a boss. (Well, except that one yelling for more food from the TV!)

    All is well and good. I love it.

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    Leland Johnson 

    8 months ago from Midland MI

    Paula, from the opening header (move like a turtle, flutter like a butterfly...) to the end, your article inspired me. I have a ways to go before I retire, but your article makes me look forward to it all the more. I appreciate that it wasn't an "all about me" piece. You have lots of great suggestions and ideas for the retiree, but you included a most important aspect of life- service to others. I thought it was beautifully presented and it provokes me to further thought and considerations about how to spend my time in preparation for retirement. Great job. Leland

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    FlourishAnyway 

    8 months ago from USA

    I retired at 42 (worked long enough to qualify for my old-fashioned pension and got my 401k up to a certain level, then due to health reasons called it quits for good). Since then, I've kept very active volunteering, investing, crafting, and writing. I've never looked back!

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