We all know that retirement is not necessarily an all-or-nothing proposition. And neither is financial independence. Besides, even retirees who are truly financially independent, the experts tell us, need to find pursuits that engage their interests.
Nobody can expect to be happy sitting in front of the TV for the rest of their lives. (Btw, B and I have started watching "Madam Secretary" with Tea Leone on Netflix . . . good show!) We need activities that stimulate our imagination, connect us to other people, and help us develop a commitment to something more than our own self-interest.
I do enjoy working, now and then, because it gives me some focused activity; it brings in a little money; and it makes me feel good to be engaged in a project that's important enough for someone to actually pay me for it. A job takes me out of myself, and makes me feel like I'm worth something beyond my own little life and my own family.
I've been freelancing and consulting for more than ten years now. But honestly, in the last year or so, the work has been drying up. I think there's probably plenty of work out there, if I was willing to go out and get it. But according to the Social Security Administration, I've reached my full retirement age, and so I don't feel as if I still have to be beating the bushes, pounding the pavement, networking and cold calling people in order to find a job.
But now one comes along, and I can do it mostly on my own terms. I have the time to spare since we've completed our move, and our condo has been fixed up -- at least as much as we're going to fix it up.
Besides, I could use the change of pace, as well as the few thousand dollars I'll get for a month of employment. So I'll be working for a few weeks, and may be posting less often. Somehow I think the blogosphere will survive my partial absence.
See you around . . . and if I'm looking a little frazzled, it's because I'll be blogging in my off hours, with my other eye on the paycheck being dangled in front of my nose.