Retirement isn't for everyone. My father retired in 1980 and was gone in 5 years. Though he died of prostate cancer I have always believed that his fantasy of retirement was not his experience of retirement. I think he was lonely for the guys he worked with because Mom like to read romance novels and go to malls which left him with his dog building things on his 2 1/2 acres and growing organic gardens and hiking with his dog. They traveled a lot first in his cabover camper on his 3/4 ton pickup truck and then eventually bought a 34 foot Winnebago. But they only had the Winnebago a couple of years before he died. But I took a couple of trips with him to the Colorado River and up through California up Interstate 15 before he got too sick to drive it himself anymore.
I have had a completely different experience. In 1999 doctors didn't know what was wrong with my heart. A heart virus is very difficult to diagnose so most people with heart virus' die before their illness is diagnosed. After 7 months of thinking I was going to die in May 1999 my doctor said, "Well. We figured out you had a heart virus because your heart has healed itself up. You'll be okay now. You might even live into your 80s. Having been forced to retire the previous October 1998 I walked out of the doctor's office very happy to be alive and to actually have a future because I had a 3 year old daughter as well as grown kids but wondering what this new life would bring me?
One of the best decisions I made when I thought I might die was to start a website to share my experiences which I started in 1999 at Geocities which later was bought by Yahoo. When the free site ended last year I now pay about 10 dollars a month for a new site and this blog site at Blogger is free at least for now. dragonofcompassion.com is my yahoo site where I keep it as an archive site for all my books and ideas that I keep working on over time. There I have "Memories" which is an eleven part book on 7 web pages as well as sequels and other stuff there. Most of the newer stuff since fall 2007 I first write on my Blogger pages and then move it eventually (if I like it enough) over to the dragonofcompassion.com site.
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