August 1, 2020
I'm Still Standing
Since the first of the year, I have written about some subjects that aren't strictly retirement oriented: climate change, gun control, impeachment, and spirituality among others. For the last several months, Covid-19 has been the topic more often than not.
When I decided to expand from my "safe" zone of topics, there was an acceptance of the chance I was taking. There would be occasional topics that can provoke strong emotions. There was a real possibility that regular readers would go somewhere else to find their retirement fix.
Well, that hasn't happened. While the overall readership on a month-to-month basis is down a bit from last year, there has been no mass exodus. A few disgruntled readers have canceled subscriptions. Surprisingly, the posts on climate change, impeachment, food waste, and being on the wrong side of history had a higher-than-usual readership. My thoughts on gun control did not result in calls for my being run out of town on a rail. How my religious views have evolved were well accepted.
So, I would judge the gamble has been worth any blowback the blog has endured. There have been very few comments that I have had to delete. Some people who have never left comments before have appeared on these pages. I have discovered some seriously scary web sites run by people whose comments never saw the light of day but have given me a glimpse into their alternative world.
The response to the variety of topics has proven that once someone retires, all they care about is their money, where to go on vacation, or how to make a house safer, is not even remotely true. Those are vital subjects for posts that have been covered in the past and will continue to make their way onto these pages.
But, we are a much more complicated group of people than that. We remain committed to interacting with the world, in all its mystery, silliness, and danger. Always searching for ways to use our talents and skills, we want to improve our lives, and of those we love. Importantly, the pandemic has shown us to be a group that cares about others and is not afraid to call out those who are working against the common good.
We have shown we are adaptable. The cruise vacation can't happen? We find another way to interact with different people and ideas. Planes are a no-go danger zone for now. Guess what? Road trips and RV rentals are excellent replacements.
Will we actively reengage with the rest of the world when it is safe to do so? Maybe. Maybe not. We may have readjusted our goals and aspirations.
Retirement is not the time of life to retreat, close down our minds and experiences. It is not when we should decide to simply build walls and protect what is ours.
Hopefully, Satisfying Retirement in A Changing World is one of the voices that supports the new way of retiring and living. Thank you for being part of the family.