|by b+ Clematis in my Oregon yard.|
I will be fine but I just had some time on my hands and I thought I would let you feel my suffering. :>)
Those of us that are retired can have a lot of time on our hands. Even though we fill calendars with dates for activities, it just doesn't seem to be enough to keep us from over thinking just about everything.
Because each and every event in our lives involves interaction with other people that share our life experience, even when we are busy, there is always time to commiserate with those around us. It is very true that misery love company.
Take our spouses for example. No matter how long you have been married, if you are not on your honeymoon, you have a litany to share with everyone around you. And those you share with have a litany of their own.
Then there is our aches and pains. Each day could bring stories of a stiff shoulder or weak ankle if we wanted. I had a friend that called this the "organ recital". He heard it every Saturday as he and his friends gathered for breakfast at the local Denny's restaurant.
Golf games can be hashed and rehashed until the mind is dizzy from telling the story about what happened on the 17th hole. A dear old man left our park last week to return home to live with his son. His last words to me were "Boy that 11th hole at Rolling Hills was hard." He will take that memory back with him.
So, it could be that there is some advantage in thinking less. Maybe we need more learning and doing because, if we let life get to us at this age, we are not happy and we certainly don't make those around us happy either.
I am sure that you can tell that I am struggling with the negative right now. I will be fine but I just had some time on my hands and I thought I would let you feel my suffering. :)
What do you think?