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Lost and Found – Retirement Edition

Day 151

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Last night I chatted with a couple of friends and we talked about writing short and concise statements surrounding a particular idea. The thought stayed with me most of the day, so I decided to throw together a little Lost and Found department describing what is lost and gained in this prized era of life we call retirement.

Our thoughts and ideas are shaped throughout our lives and we finally reach a plateau where we might be willing to surrender some of the hard-fought concepts of youth for the ideas of gained wisdom and experience.

Work Life

I lost the need to live by an alarm clock.
I lost my corporate wardrobe.
I lost the need to carry an ID around my neck.
I lost someone watching over my shoulder if I Googled anything non-business related.

I found the beauty of waking up naturally.
I found sweats and PJ’s and jeans that go well with hiking boots.
I found that people know who I am because they recognize me.
I found that no one really cares what bizarre things I might Google.

The Human Condition

I lost the need to wear makeup and dye my roots.
I lost the need to worry about being beautiful.
I lost the desire to compete for everything.
I lost gossipping.

I found that I like the way I look and I can wear my hair purple and blue.
I found that I am beautiful inside and out.
I found that I can achieve without taking someone else down.
I found that lifting people up can be very rewarding.

Love, Life, and Laughter

I lost the feeling of angst in relationships.
I lost thinking sexy was something physical.
I lost worrying about the future.
I lost needing to be something to everyone.

I found love can be comfortable and still remarkable.
I found the inside is much sexier than the outside.
I found happiness in experiencing today.
I found I no longer sweat the small stuff, especially if it is not my stuff.

9 thoughts on “Lost and Found – Retirement Edition”

  1. What a great list, Maggie! I share a most of those, but geez, I’d like to shed the periodic anxiety about managing things….I love that you’ve stopped worrying about the future! I wish I could manage that. I’m a worrywart big-time.

    I particularly enjoyed stopping worrying about my appearance, not that I worried about it much before retirement….it’s actually been a lot of fun to refresh my “wardrobe” in retirement towards a more eclectic and artistic mix added to my go-to natural color clothes, bought from thrift stores largely over the years (I love to be able to benefit from recycled clothes, rather than new).

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    1. Lisa, it is hard not to worry, however I try to stay in the moment. It is hard to enjoy our lives fully if our mind is somewhere else. I love visualizing your new artistic and eclectic wardrobe. Maybe I should try to hit a few thrift stores on one of my down days. Might be fun.

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  2. Well that’s lovely. I’m afraid I’m bound to several of these things, but I lost some of them at an early age, so perhaps there is hope for me yet 🙂

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