Never mind Joe DiMaggio, where has the Retirement Mensch been since last year?
Retirement is not easy! Besides trying to figure out what’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner, someone is always trying to get you to volunteer for something. You’ve got a lot of free time, right? Or my email inbox is cluttered with offers that need to be considered. It is a challenge to learn to say NO!
AARP wants me to volunteer to teach a safe driver’s class or mentor other retirees at income tax time.
My church wants me to deliver meals, or water the plants, or count the collection. I might make an exception for that.
A trade group wants me to boost membership in my spare time.
The Home Owner’s Association needs me on a committee that doesn’t exist, yet.
Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn all need me to follow someone, tweet, or upgrade my account based on the daily volume of emails they send me.
Open Table wants me to reserve a table or two for dinner every week and every day Chow Hound sends a new recipe for me to try.
World Market, Williams-Sonoma, and CVS want me to take advantage of new offerings, free shipping and discounts almost daily. Sears has become new best friend when I revised my contact information with my email address.
Barnes & Noble doesn’t want me to miss out on new books, so they’re sending me reminders and coupons. Amazon has reminders for me about what tools, music or household items I could buy based on past purchases.
So where has the Mensch been? When not in a foxhole avoiding incoming missives and volunteer opportunities, the Mensch has been on the road. In no particular order, the following cities have been graced by the Mensch’s presence in 2013: Nashville, Orlando, Charleston, Cherokee, Pigeon Forge, Myrtle Beach, Atlantic City, Hendersonville, Virginia Beach, Eatontown, Staten Island, Atlanta, Augusta, Tinton Falls, and Lacey Township.
Retirement can be tiring or it can be a challenge, but it should never be boring.