I’ve reached the age when parents are dying and friends are retiring from their jobs. The former sucks and is a hard fact of life. The latter makes me jealous.
There are pages and pages of quotes about retirement on the Internet. I know. I just read them all.
Some are humorous. Like these:
My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned sixty and that’s the law. —Jerry Seinfeld
I enjoy waking up and not having to go to work. So I do it three or four times a day. —Gene Perret
We spend our lives on the run: we get up by the clock, eat and sleep by the clock, get up again, go to work – and then we retire. And what do they give us? A bloody clock! —Dave Allen
Others are more introspective:
Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else. —Fred Rogers
For many, retirement is a time for personal growth, which becomes the path to greater freedom. —Robert Delamontague
Don’t act your age in retirement. Act like the inner young person you have always been. —J. A. West
Here’s the interesting thing: I just looked up the word, “retire” in the dictionary, and it includes the aforementioned one—to leave one’s job and cease to work. But there’s another definition of the word, “retire,” and that is: To withdraw to or from a particular place.
A common use of this second meaning goes something like this, “I’m going to retire to bed.” But there could be another, and it could be said I’ve done that. I did it over 20 years ago when Eric and I moved to Hawaii. Maybe that’s why friends and family think just because we live in Hawaii, we spend our days basking in the sunshine at the beach. Because we retired to Hawaii.
There are two more definitions of the word, “retire.” One is to “withdraw (a bill or note) from circulation or currency.” It’s the last definition that’s the reason we continue to work, and that is, “to pay off or cancel (a debt).”
And, thus, we continue to work in retirement;-)
No new COVID-19 cases were reported today; however, the state adjusted our caseload count after a review revealed some cases to be “indeterminate.” That action dropped two cases from Oahu, one from Hawaii Island, and one from Kauai. That makes our statewide total 642, and our County of Kauai total 20.