Having taken early retirement has proven to be such a blessing in my life. I worked hard and saved a long time to make it happen, and I give thanks every day for my freedom from the corporate rat race. I really do.
But there is a downside to retiring many years before the traditional retirement age. Many of my good friends are still working. So they’re tied up during the week when I am free and their weekends are taken up with housework, errands and family. I remember that time crunch well. But it means that my time with them is generally relegated to quick lunches now and then.
Last spring I lucked out. I reconnected with a friend I’d known for twenty-six years who had also retired early and, wonder of wonders, lived close to my house. We picked up right where we’d left off and set out to have fun. We discovered that we both like to hike, explore neighborhoods and have new adventures so we jumped into the summer with both feet. You might remember many blog posts I wrote about the things my friend, Babs, and I did…like the time we were stalked by a pit bull in this post. Or the time we tried to hike prematurely and froze off our ta-ta’s in this one.
We discovered so many neat places and made so many great memories that I was sure that our friendship would go on forever.
I was wrong.
Due to circumstances beyond my control or understanding, she apparently has opted out. I believe this was due to other things going on in her life, but it broke my heart all the same. After awhile though, I realized that this was a choice she made, fully knowing the consequences and yet doing it anyway. In my world, true friends do not try to cause each other pain. Life is just too damned short for that kind of thing. So it’s time for me to get back up, brush myself off, and move forward with my life.
And now with spring creeping in, I’m getting an itch for adventure again. Thus I am in search of a playmate. I have other retired friends, but they either live too far away or else they’re not into the whole “hiking and exploring” thing. I can and have done it on my own, but it’s not as fun without someone to share it with.
So, what do I do? Advertise? I can just see the ad now: WANTED: Retired playmate. Must have a few gray hairs and obvious wrinkles. Ready to hit the highway or back roads in search of adventure. Singing with the radio is optional, but honesty and loyalty are not. Must like a good joke, eating at Steak and Shake, and acting immature when the situation requires it. Perfection is not necessary, just a sincere desire to make the most out of every single day. Contact Star at Star, Simplified, as soon as possible.
Think I’d get any takers? I wish it were that easy.