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Old 01-18-2013, 02:41 PM   #21
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Why does an encore career have to be meaningful ? Why can't it just be an amusing diversion ? I retired from Nursing after forty years and now I sell dresses & skirts to thirty somethings via ebay . Is it meaningful ? No .Is it a career ? No but it keeps me active and amused .

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Old 01-18-2013, 03:21 PM   #22
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Career for pay or for fun?
Boils down to that, eh?

Easy to "career for" for free.
A little more difficult to "career" for pay.
Much more difficult to "career" for a lot of pay.

Seems to me, that the most important thing that we gain in retirement is Freedom. Some can be free with a regimen. Others, not so much. I am of the latter group, so my careers have been easy. Much time and effort and dedication to all kinds of works and causes... but FREE... in that I could call the times and the dates, and the to do's or not to do's.

So Happy is he who finds a balance to make his own rules.

The closest I came to doing the difficult career for pay, was when I briefly considered giving up my 30 to 40 hr. free computer/training services to do tune ups for $10. The old bat down the street told me I had to pick up her computer at 1PM, and have it back by 5PM... and that killed my "career for pay".

The rumor got around my retirement park that I was going to "charge" for my services after 15 years of being free.. I kept my friends, and that day celebrated my second "retirement", because they stopped calling me. The new guy is charging $25/hr.

Some folk can't believe they are getting value unless they're paying for it.

ach... to soon old, too late smart.

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Old 01-18-2013, 03:45 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by Moemg View Post
Why does an encore career have to be meaningful ? Why can't it just be an amusing diversion ? I retired from Nursing after forty years and now I sell dresses & skirts to thirty somethings via ebay . Is it meaningful ? No .Is it a career ? No but it keeps me active and amused .
Good on ya!
After decades of caring for others you deserve to do whatever you like.
Whether that's called a career or amusing diversion makes no difference to me.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:18 PM   #24
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My social contribution is also a rewarding hobby. I listen to what random people say. Months or years later, when I see these people they are often shocked that I heard, understood, and remembered what they said to me.

I also listen to the possibly disorganized verbiage of people on the street and on the bus. If I perceive danger I fade, otherwise i listen. I learn a lot, and some of these people are not often listened to.

I like that. I'm sure the people really do appreciate having someone show an interest. Since I live in the 'burbs, I don't often come across people like that, but when I have, I'm either too sensitive that they may be dangerous (few are), or I just don't trust my judgement. But I like listening to people who are a bit out there on the z-tail, or people from other cultures or backgrounds.

Two stories on this:

Story 1) I recall spending a late Fall weekend in the city with the family around the Water Tower area, DW and girls went out to do some early shopping (American Girls store?), my son and I went for a walk. There was a very pitiful, elderly looking homeless woman, digging through the trash can in the park area. One of the Streets & San workers came up to here, and said brightly "Hello Sally, how you doin' this morning? You keepin' warm?" and gave her a big hug (and I think slipped her a sandwich or something, but I couldn't see for sure). I would have thought the workers would have been pretty numb to the homeless that gather there, it was quite a sight.

Story 2) A few years ago when I traveled to Budapest with my buddy, we left one concert, and were walking across town to a late night jazz club. Maybe 11-12PM on a Friday night. It was common to see drunks, some with their bottles in hand as we walked, but they kept to themselves, no worries. Then, a group of five late 20-something guys are walking, and they are boisterous and walking right up to people and saying stuff right up close (in Hungarian, so we had no idea what they said).

So I go into defense mode. It was well lit, and plenty of people around, so I wasn't really frightened, but being in a foreign country just made us extra defensive, even a minor scuffle could be difficult to deal with. As they approached us, I made sure to not make eye contact, just look like I was on a mission. Well, the lead guy walks right up to me, and starts blabbering all this stuff in Magyar. I look forward, put up my hand, and sternly say "English - only English", and I'm really perturbed that this guy might interfere with my plans to see a Jazz show and enjoy another beer that evening.

When I said "English", all the sudden his expression changes, he looks totally harmless like a little puppy, and he says to me "You speak English? Will you please let me practice my English? Will you speak with me?".

I cracked up, and said 'Sure, tell me about yourself..." and we had a nice chat ( though he was a bit 'lit up'). He worked for the govt, promoting Table Tennis as a sport - I guess giving demonstrations at schools, things like that. We started talking a little politics and the economy, but then he said, "you are on vacation, you don't want to hear about our troubles", I actually did, but then they moved on. It was a funny and sudden turn of events. I got a kick out of just how fast the whole thing turned around.


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