Retirement definitely has its benefits

lady1Mornings for most of the population are a stressful time. Getting yourself up, showered, dressed, fed and out the door on time is a challenge, more so if you throw school-age children into the mix. Then, you’re faced with sitting in your car for an hour seething about the construction delays in rush-hour traffic or jamming your tender body onto the train, bus or streetcar with hundreds of other sweating, backpack-briefcase-tote-bag-toting bodies vying for your inch of standing room. I’m not without sympathy or empathy; I did it for over forty years but now that I’m retired things are different and mornings are a joy.

One of my daily pleasures is reading The Globe and Mail each morning over multiple cups of tea. I rarely get through it without finding an inspirational thought for my blog and today was one of those days. Therein lies the challenge. This morning as I read Margaret Wente’s column, Suddenly, I’m the oldest person in the room – and I love it, my heart started to beat faster and I’m saying to myself, “yes, yes, yes”.

blogger1I can so relate to her description of at one time being the only woman in the room at a business meeting and often the youngest. That was me when I was in the corporate world of construction, dressed in a power suit I spent way too much money on and feeling very energized and involved in whatever was going on. Today’s first big decision, however, was whether to finish reading the paper, which I love doing, or sprint to my computer to write, which I also love doing. The latter won out.

Delilah Stagg (Joanna Lumley) is definitely the boss of herself on Britcom, Jam and Jerusalem
Delilah Stagg (Joanna Lumley) is definitely the boss of herself on Britcom, Jam and Jerusalem

I too find myself looking at younger people without envy. As a retired Boomer I’ve paid my dues, multiple times over. My five-year-plan no longer involves promotions, paying off my VISA or my mortgage, should I change jobs or not, or is this the right time to have kids? My options are almost unlimited and do not involve the whims of bosses, banks or benchmarks.  Margaret, you’re so right. Nobody is the boss of me any more and retirement is wonderful. I couldn’t have said it better myself.


  1. September 8, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Three months into this new life and I’m still getting used to it. I don’t miss the morning scramble at all and feel so lucky that my husband and I were able to get off the hamster wheel early.

  2. Brenda from Warkworth September 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    For the past 12 years I have never changed my answer when anyone asks, What is the best part of being retired? There is no thinking involved for a response – The best part is being in charge of me. I can do what I want to do, when I want to do it and how I want to do it. I paid my dues as well. I deserve my choices at this stage in life because I worked my — off to get where I am. There is no luck to this one. The luck in my life is that K and I are still healthy and able to make choices and we have chosen to do them together – that one took 47 years of practice. So unlike many of our younger generation who appear to be self-appointed into the Age of Entitlement, I am firmly there because retirement definitely has its benefits!

    1. Lynda Davis September 6, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      It was worth waiting for.

  3. Kate O'Driscoll September 6, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Yes, Linda eventhough I have been retired for 10 years I still enjoy that feeling in the morning of not having to get up and get going. I have to read my paper on line, not as satisfying as a real one, enjoyable all the same. Kate


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