Hard as it may be (for me, at least) to fathom, it seems that many people approaching retirement don’t look forward to it because they don’t know what they’ll do with all the time they’ll have when they have no job. That has never struck me as a problem, what with books to be read, writing to be written, learning to be learned (unless you already know everything), trips to plan, music to enjoy, sports to follow, chores to avoid, mislaid items to look for, naps to take, etc….not to mention human behavior forever to be baffled by.

Believe me, friends, if I had half the time my once-upon-a-time fellow wage slaves assume I have, I would be posting a post almost every day instead of once a week or so (which, I concede, may still be too often for you malcontents and party poopers out there).

So, how busy am I?

Oops — how did that clip get there? Fact is, I’m so busy, I don’t even have time to think of more to say about the subject….so I’ll avoid that chore by passing it on to others:

I have never liked working. To me, a job is an invasion of privacy. –Danny McGoorty

I’ve crunched the numbers in your retirement account. It’s time to figure out who will be wearing the mask and who will be driving the getaway car. –Unknown financial advisor

My retirement plan is to get thrown into a minimum security prison in Hawaii. –Julius Sharpe

I will not retire while I’ve still got my legs and my make-up box. –Bette Davis

The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off. –Abe Lemons

I find the biggest trouble with having nothing to do is you can’t tell when you’re done. –Unknown

As for me, except for an occasional heart attack, I feel as young as I ever did. –Robert Benchley

I can’t wait to retire so I can get up at 6 a.m. and drive around real slow and make everybody late for work. –Unknown

What do you call a person who is happy on Monday? Retired. –Unknown

When a professional golfer retires, what does he retire to? –Evan Esar

When you retire, you switch bosses — from the one who hired you to the one who married you. –Unknown

Time’s up. COMING, DEAR!




54 comments on “RETIREMENT TIME

  1. obbverse says:

    I still am weighed down by the joy(?) of work, so need to dole out my time, of which, there is never enough. I believe retirement will soak up all these drudgery hours wasted at work. Thanks for the light at the end of the tunnel.

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  2. calmkate says:

    lol retirement is a struggle for the other half who already has a well established routine .. good luck with yours!

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  3. Having ‘retired’ early due to an injury I can relate to most of those quotes and I love the one on work being an invasion of privacy. I also love it when people ask me. “what do you DO all day?” They have no idea ๐Ÿ™‚ The happy fact is the day is free to spend however your heart desires.

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  4. Ashley says:

    Retirement is great! Busy busy busy, doing the things I like, well most of the time! When I was “working” we all used to say “have a great weekend” to each other. Nowadays the weekend lasts for at least 7 days! La la la-la-la-la, la-la, la-la, la la la la la la………
    Great post!

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  5. masercot says:

    I’m just trying to retire before the sun becomes a red giant and incinerates the Earth… If I live frugally, I think I can manage…

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  6. Carmen says:

    Having just retired in June (but having summers off anyway) I must say itโ€™s been great so far! :). Hope your retirementโ€™s been great, too!

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    • mistermuse says:

      Thanks, Carmen. Taking early retirement was the best decision I ever made (except, of course, for getting married, having children, and meeting you online. Keep up the good work….I mean, the good retirement!


  7. Rivergirl says:

    With my husband itโ€™s not a lack of things to do in retirement… itโ€™s a mixed bag of having a great paying job with wonderful benefits, enjoying the social aspect of working, having a purpose to getting up every day and the simple joy of seeing his TSP ( government version of IRA ) grow. Personally I wish heโ€™d just chuck it all and relax!

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  8. Chores to avoid โ€” I am totally on board with that.

    Good essay. See ya.

    Neil S.

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  9. I couldn’t agree more. Other than writing, I’m retired, and I’m so busy! As soon as my husband retires we’ll be even busier! Lol. Thanks for the laughs this morning. Great one-liners.

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  10. Christie says:

    Thank you for the good laugh!
    I love this one: “I canโ€™t wait to retire so I can get up at 6 a.m. and drive around real slow and make everybody late for work”
    Enjoy your retirement!

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  11. Love the quote from Abe Lemons: “The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.” I refuse to retire and have chosen to continue writing until the “headman” says enough. I’m the boss, so I make sure that I enjoy the holidays off and do fun things on my weekend breaks.

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    • mistermuse says:

      “Boss Bacchus” has a good alliterative ring to it — even better than “Rosaliene the Riveter” which you might have been called back in WW II days (not that you’re anywhere near that old, of course). ๐Ÿ™‚


  12. Elizabeth says:

    I love being retired. I only fear that I might flunk the question in the emergency room some day about what day it is. I often have no idea. And I try to forget the answer to who is President.

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  13. Infidel753 says:

    I tend to agree with you. It seems to me that most people who think they’ll have nothing to do with their time when they retire must be very lacking in intellectual interests.

    Even if I’d have trouble filling up time occasionally, I don’t see why the preferred alternative would be still engaging in some form of drudgery so onerous that I would never have considered doing it if I didn’t need the money. Even being bored for a while would be preferable. At least it doesn’t sap your energy in the same way.

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    • mistermuse says:

      Another alternative for retirees lacking in intellectual interests, hobbies, or other pursuits would be to volunteer their time with a non-profit organization to help those in need. I would think that making oneself useful to others not only helps others, but would give purpose to one’s own life.

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  14. These are great quotes, but the one about the professional golfer retiring made me laugh out loud.

    I’m pleased to hear your retirement seems to be a time of productiveness and fulfillment. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • mistermuse says:

      Thank you, SS. Fulfillment is something almost everyone seeks in some form or another, but attaining it in full measure is often dependent on fate and factors beyond our control. I can’t claim ‘full-fillment’– but I’m not complaining (much).

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  15. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿค—

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  16. literaryeyes says:

    I like all of these. I’d like a day off, I’m busier than ever. I’ve un-retired a lot of things I wanted to do.

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    • mistermuse says:

      I wish I could un-retire some of the things I wanted to do, but these old bones will no longer cooperate, so they’ll just have to stay retired. No matter — I don’t have time for them anyway (at least, that’s what my head tells me, and my body doesn’t argue….or is it the other way around?).


  17. holliedoc says:

    I started my blog in my retirement, to assist in writing down my thoughts and feelings. Originally I wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy retirement but have since taken up learning Spanish and playing the guitar amongst other things. It’s amazing how quickly you fill up your time in retirement.

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  18. Kally says:

    This is simply so well written! I love it. May I reblog this out and link it back to your blog please?

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Robert Smith says:

    Relatable post! Thanks for sharing such an amazing article.

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  20. mistermuse says:

    Thanks, Robert. Sharing is caring, as someone once said (maybe it was me — ha ha).


  21. […] this wonderfully written post and do pop by his blog […]

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  22. Reblogged this on Live an Untethered Life and commented:
    I don’t intend to go from 60 to 0. I plan to leap over to a new highway and keep or increase my speed!

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  23. Paul Hannah says:

    Hmmm…I avoided retirement like I avoided kids with snotty noses at the grocery store. When I was finally there I saw a flat, endless plain of nothing-to-do. So just this week I started a blog, Retirement-TheSnarkSide. Now Iโ€™ve got something fun to do, once I get the hang of WordPress. Thanks Robert.

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  24. mistermuse says:

    Paul, I’ve been blogging on WordPress for over ten years, and I still don’t get the hang of their shenanigans (see my posts of Dec. 11th and 15th to give you an idea of one of the problems I have with WP). I hope you have more technological expertise than I, otherwise it may not be as much fun as you anticipate. In any case, good luck…..and Merry Christmas/Happy New Year.


  25. holliedoc says:

    Well if you happen to get time in your retirement, please do have a look at my retirement blog. I’d be keen to hear your thoughts and would welcome any comments on my articles.

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