September 10, 2021

Hello? Are You Still Here?

Since I stopped writing new posts a few months ago I have noticed two things:

1) An average of 300 people a day still visit, some days actually have over 1,000. I assume to check out all the material in the archives. Frankly, I am amazed that such a steady stream of readers continue to click on this site.

2) I miss writing and exchanging ideas and thoughts with you. After eleven years, I have pretty much exhausted all I have to say about the nuts and bolts of retirement. A few days ago I looked closely at the posts in the archives to see if there were topics I had not given proper attention to, but that wasn't the case. It seems to me that every stage of retirement and relevant aspects had been covered.

Of course, my life and yours aren't just defined by how we manage the retirement journey. Many of us will spend 20, even 30 years after work ends, living our lives. We will continue to learn and explore, make mistakes and enjoy successes, and have reactions to what is happening in the world around us. Relationships will end or start. Families will still be part of our lives, either to our benefit or our consternation.

What this means is I can begin writing about things that pique my interest or cause me to furrow my eyebrows in amazement or disgust. I can share thoughts about my life that happen, not necessarily because I am retired, but because I am still continuing my journey.

Obviously, I hope that my observations, thoughts, or questions resonate with you. They will make you think, respond with a comment, or cause you to delve a little deeper into a subject I have written about.

While it is hard to live in America at this stage in our history and completely avoid politics, or what is referred to as the culture war, that will not be my focus. Yes, when something is so important and can directly affect us I will share some thoughts. But, if you want a place with partisan rants, go to any number of social media sites. That need will not be satisfied here.

My wife and I are headed out on a vacation. After having everything canceled in 2020 and for the first half of this year, we just feel we must escape the routine of our day-to-day schedule for a bit.

When I return I will start writing new posts. The Satisfying Retirement name will probably change a bit to reflect a different direction, but the website will remain right where it is. To sample my fresh take on things, just continue to come here.

No firm promise, but early October seems like a reasonable target for me to be back up and running.

Google no longer offers email alerts, but I did keep all the addresses that were here previously, so I will make arrangements to bring that service back.

So, for all those who predicted I couldn't stay away forever, you are correct. The last three months have been a refreshing and necessary break. Even so, my mind and fingers need to become re-engaged.

Stay safe and healthy (get the vaccine and wear your masks, please!). I will see you soon.


Bob


54 comments:

  1. So happy to see your post about coming back to share what’s on your mind. I am glad that the time away proved beneficial and perhaps allowed you to recharge your batteries. I think we all need a sabbatical.

    I hope you and Betty have a great time away and I am anxious for your return and the new blog focus.

    Be well.
    Jeff

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  2. See, folks are out there!

    So good to hear from you, Jeff. You and I have exchanged some tremendous comments over the years.

    Betty and I are off to Kauai for a break, see some friends, and visit the radio station we are part owners of.

    When we return I plan on getting busy with new posts, an adjustment in the thrust of this blog, and notify all those who once received email notifications of new posts.

    Along with my work at the library and United Way, I have a busy fall shaping up.

    Isn't retirement satisfying?

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  3. Good to see you back Bob, I've followed your blog since you first started & I am now ready to retire myself next year. Enjoy the vacation!

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    1. Off to Kauai and then back to blogging. It has been a necessary break, but I miss the process too much to stop for good.

      By the way, you will love retirement.

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  4. Yes, it's hard to walk away from an entire community you've been part of for a while. We will, of course, welcome you back with whatever you have to say.

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    1. Having a group of people who share something of themselves with you really makes a community that should be nurtured.

      Thanks, Linda. My best to you and Art.

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  5. Missed your outlook on things - so glad you have decided to return. Looking forward to October!

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    1. I am raring to go, Alicia. See you right here next month.

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  6. I’ve missed your thoughtful well researched posts and I know whatever subject you choose will be approached in the same way. So, enjoy your trip and I look forward to October.

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    1. I am enjoying tremendously my work with the local library system and United Way. But, writing has been such an important part of my life, I have discovered I cant't give it up.

      See you next month.

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  7. I look forward to your return

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  8. Looking forward to seeing your posts

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  9. Well, this is good news! By the way, although Google dropped its email service for blog readers, I have found an easy and free workaround—using Google! Contact me, if you want to know what it is. It's so simple, you'll chuckle.

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  10. Ha,ha, I knew it was just a break. Retirement is a constantly evolving condition. There is always more to say....be well. See you in October.

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    1. Actually, the most surprised person in my plan to return is me! For the last few months I have enjoyed the lack of a deadline and having to come up with new things to write about.

      About 3 weeks ago something changed. I started keeping a notebook of possible blog topics. Then just a few days ago I felt a strong urge to write this post.

      You are so right: retirement is a constantly evolving condition.

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  11. Still here, knock on wood. Welcome back soon!

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    1. Thank you, Lynn.

      I have a question: how did you discover this post? What prompted you to check the blog site?

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  12. Happy you’re back! Although I no longer blog, I recently got a job as Content Coordinator for a local magazine. It’s very part time and will satisfy my penchant for writing. I blogged for nearly 8 years and never made a dime from it, but interestingly enough it served as my ‘resume’ for the position. Just goes to show you never know where things will lead

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    1. Congratulations are in order for your new job! Writing and getting paid for it...what could be better?

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  13. Dear Bob - yay! Welcome back and enjoy your vacation.

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  14. Still here.Always happy when you get back to the blog! Would love to see more of your painting and some of Betty’s crafts too.

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  15. Still here.Always happy when you get back to the blog! Would love to see more of your painting and some of Betty’s crafts too.

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  16. Thank you, Mary. We are raring to go.

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  17. I hope you have a great vacation and look forward to reading your posts in October.

    I do enjoy your reflective style. I’m still in my (late) 50s, but find that age/ stage in life, as well as retirement, gives me more time and interest to ponder and maybe re-assess what is important in life.
    Thanks again,
    Best wishes,
    Jenny (from Edinburgh)

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  18. Thank you, Jenny ( from one of my favorite European cities!).

    You have identified an important motivation for starting up again: life is all about change and growth, not just about what happens because of retirement.

    At this point I have been away from work for twenty years, so I really don't of myself as retired. Rather, I am just living my life and have thoughts and experiences that can occur to any of us.

    See you next month.

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  19. I was so pleased to see your email in my inbox! I had just started following you about 6 months before you retired and enjoyed your views on life. Have a great vacation and see you in October.

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    1. Great! I didn't realize the email service still worked! See you next month.

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  20. Welcome back Bob! I did keep checking in on your blog from time to time as I figured at some point I'd see you posting again but you certainly deserved to take a break from regular blogging. I am sure like anything it can get to be work rather than a joy if you never take a break away from it. Enjoy your vacation with Betty and I look forward to reading more of your insightful writing again.

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    1. Thank you do much, David. We head out tomorrow, Sunday, and will spend 11 days away.

      Then, back to the heat and fun and blogging!

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  21. Hurray, you're coming back!!! I'm glad you enjoyed your down time, Bob, but I'll be happy to see you back in the saddle again. By the way, I was one of those people checking your blog almost every day. You have an excellent variety of blogs in your side column and I didn't feel the least bit guilty about using your list to keep up with them.

    Best wishes to you and Betty for a safe and spectacular trip!

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    1. Oh my. How could I not come back to the thing I enjoy so much and the friendships I miss.

      A big hug, Mary.

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  22. Whoop, whoop, you’ve just made my day!

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  23. Finally some good news - welcome back - you were missed.

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  24. The pandemic has changed retirement considerably. I hope you will address these changes in the very near future. Thank you for coming back.

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  25. YEA! I've enjoyed your blog and when you "retired" I went back to the first one and read or reread every single one.

    I look forward to your next chapter of writing. Safe travels.

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    1. Thanks, Elle. Yes, I guess you could say I took a short "retirement" from writing about retirement.

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  26. Good to "see" you again! Happy writing!

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  27. Doing a happy dance because you are back!!

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