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Postre: More on Work and Pleasure (John Heelan, UK) (John Eipper, USA, 12/20/09 5:07 am)
Tor Guimaraes wrote on 19 December: My deeply felt reply is "my work is my hobby; I love it," to which they roll their eyes in disgust and lack of understanding. I dread the day when I decide to "retire" to pursue hobby-like activities. John Heelan comments: Tor should listen to his family and friends. People underestimate the falling-of-a-cliff feeling when one morning you wake up no longer an integral part of a work organisation, no longer fascinated by the work itself, no longer the maker of major decisions, no longer "The Man"! From a work relationship point-of-view, it is usually "Who? Oh yeah, I remember him/her!" I don't underestimate the gravity of the change. It seems that many retirees decline and die of boredom within two years of retirement if they do not have something to get up for in the mornings. That "something" also has to have an intellectual content to keep the brain cells from atrophying (although a daily WAISing is good for that, it's not enough); perpetual golf eventually palls (although your handicap goes down quickly). My advice is take up a challenging hobby or project now, so that you can't wait to retire!