The author explores her conflicting thoughts between enjoying simpler interests and feeling the need to show she is accomplishing things (staying busy) during the transition into retirement.

She writes…

“It had been years since I felt the quiet contentment of decluttering. Like discarding junk mail, I had dismissed these kinds of ordinary pastimes. Their once lighthearted luster had dulled to a bad retirement cliché I could do without.

So why the change of heart? (she cites an article that prompted the change in thinking.)

I also realized retirement isn’t just one way — you can enjoy a great lunch but still want to be doing something fulfilling.”

It can be both.

What tug-of-war between thoughts are you feeling in your retirement transition?

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