My Newswithviews Column, Nov. 24 (‘Why Is Retirement So Hard?’)

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Nope–just can’t keep up.

It doesn’t make sense, but it’s certainly true: when we were working full-time, we nevertheless managed to get a lot more things done around the house… even though we weren’t here for most of the day.

Why Is Retirement So Hard?

You’d think it’d be easy! After all, retirement hands you, every day, eight or nine more hours that you didn’t used to have.

Where the dickens does it go?

2 comments on “My Newswithviews Column, Nov. 24 (‘Why Is Retirement So Hard?’)

  1. In the Air Force, we used to say “If you want something done, give it to a busy person.” I suppose when we’re busy we’ve built up a lot of momentum that we don’t have when there’s (supposedly) little to do. Besides, many of us do work best under the gun. And when there’s “lots of time,” everything we need to do seems to expand to feel the space/time. Or something. I keep asking myself how I managed to teach, be on lots of committees, spend hours and hours grading papers, take care of my mother, shop, clean, cook, and do research all at once. And I did all my graduate work while I was still on full-time active duty in the Air Force. Of course I was younger then, but still….

    As for the list of things we’re going to do when we retire…. Well, I didn’t do a single one of them. But I’ve done a lot of other things instead. Just a lot more slowly than I would have done when I was younger. 🙂

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