To Retire or Not to Retire?

“What is your advice for us who are in-between jobs who are not 100% decided whether to retire or not or should do less stressful work or do volunteer work or catch up on home projects?”
— Jet

Glo’s Reply

I am still working and not planning to retire anytime soon.  I still enjoy my job very much, although some days are tougher than normal.

Volunteer work seems to keep some of my retired friends engaged (church or charities they love – maybe Cancer Society).  I find guest lecturing at UC Irvine for Real Estate undergrad and grad students very rewarding so that might be a future for me to teach part-time and make a difference with our young ones, just like what our nuns did for us – giving back.

My mom retired at 65 and she was busier than ever – reading club, quilting club, foodie club, just having coffee club, painting and then church.  She also made sure she invited neighbors for Filipino food lunch once a month; all they had to do was bring desserts.

Lots to do, just have to keep our health in good shape.

So ladies, exercise, massage, yoga, tai chi, manicure, pedicure and lots of veggies, fruits, fish and chicken.  Some classes are free on the Internet.

You can do in your living room. I told Phil to take massage lessons and culinary school and he said OK, provided if I do the same too. LOL! No free lunch.

That’s all for now.

Love you all.

Bing’s Reply

I moved to the US in 2001, after 30 years of Rehab practice in the Philippines.

I have reinvented myself and am now occupied with cooking, apostolic work , education, and assisting institutions in setting up programs.

According to the latest Medicare figures, median life span for females is 87 … so that is still a long way to go.

All of us have and have had challenges.  SMC has instilled values that we have used coping with them.

Looking forward to a great group hug in 2019.

Alice’s Reply

I believe you have earned your retirement. Do the things you have often wanted to do, but never had the time.  Make a realistic Bucket List.  Little things count the most.  I learned this lesson from my grandkids, who are now 8 and 13 years old.

After all the presents and trips they have had, the thing they mention the most is how they enjoy coming to my house and waking up every morning and going out to the back yard to get oranges for their breakfast.

Make time with your husband. Go to lunch, dinner, and even a movie.  Have nice pillow talks about your day, experiences, and needs.

When we retired, we decided to live in a 55+ Active Adult Community so we can have options on trying out what we really want to do.  My passion then was golf.  Since they did not have Ladies 9-hole Association, I decided to start one.  I wrote the By Laws, recruited my neighbors and friends to be officers and board members.  I successfully acquired a tax exempt status with the IRS for our association. Ten years later, this association is still in full operation but I have lost my passion for golf.

I now invest most of my time line dancing.  I have a group of girlfriends who I line dance with. I also enjoy playing cards with my husband and with other couples.  Sometimes have “Girls Only Pegs and Jokers Game.”  I have a group of ladies that I shop with, make greeting cards and crafts with, and go to shows with.  I also volunteer at my church and the Senior Center.  I believe that after our life on earth, it is not what we have done that matters most, but how many lives we have influenced in a Christian positive way.

Make time to get a closer relationship with our Creator.  Jesus will guide you and help you through this indecision. He is an awesome God!

Good luck on your retirement…

God bless.

Rica’s Reply

I’d like to share a quote from a book, an autobiography of Bishop Fulton Sheen:

“Retirement has its advantages. It becomes a time to remake one’s soul, to interiorize, to meditate and begin a cram course for the final exam.” Treasure in Clay, Autobiography of FS


One Reply to “To Retire or Not to Retire?”

  1. It’s been a year and a half since retirement and inspite of my daily volunteered time with my grandchildren, I was able to see London, Scotland, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte including Banawe, Sagada, Pagudpud, Vigan and Laoag within that time span. When I was growing up in Project 3, being able to see Balara with my family was a treat. After working for 42 years, I only have a few years left to visit and appreciate what God has created for me and how men made use of these natural resources; meet people and learn their good ways. Money and health are our usual issues to pursue our ventures but you can stay close to home and really there is a lot more to life. Finances and health issues will pull us down too fast so think, Stellans never give up without a fight.

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