The survey says that 75% of retired people are happy with their retirement. Almost all say their relationship with their families is better, 76% watch their diets and exercise, and 88% see their doctor regularly.
But what about the 25% who say their retirement is not good? Who are they and why are they so unhappy? I wondered if a great many of these people were unhappy with their lives before. See, we all know that not everyone is just thrilled about each new day. Some people are never happy. Depression, dissatisfaction, life's circumstances, education, and health issues can take a toll. I have always said that retirement did not change much in my life. I am a wife, mother, grandmother and educator. I just kept doing what I had always done. I just did all those things at my own pace. I was happy with my life then and I am happy with my life now. But then that is just me. I will admit that it was harder for my husband...but then that is another story.
Being realistic about our situation is always a good thing. Not everyone will move to the beach and sit in the sun all day, every day, day after day, 24/7! In fact, like working at the candy store, it would get old after a while. The trick is to work a little and play a little. It could be that we will all work a little more. Does that mean a dark cloud should hang over the sun? I just don't think so. It could be that people might find a way to retire and use their retirement as an opportunity to work at a job of their own making—one that they love.
We have a friend who was a teacher in wood shop at the school. When he retired he started a handyman business and even employed his children. Another woman taught piano and yet another tutored.
I have been retired a long time. My husband and I have worked at this retirement thing and let me tell you, if I had known then what I know now, I would have done it differently. But, isn't that the way life is? Where is the fun and adventure of knowing how it will end before you have even begun? As I have said many times before, retirement is good...you get to decided how you go about it...the decisions are up to YOU. Maybe that is why many people are unhappy...maybe they just aren't looking within themselves for the answers! The trick is to live within your means and keep busy. The tradeoff for a smaller lifestyle is the fact that your life is your own. I think that is a very good thing. But then that is just me—I am part of the 75% who are very happy!