All too many seniors are bored to tears with
“retirement” and are hungry for something to do.
This is not my case as I manage to fill every waking hour with an activity I have come to love. But before I get into that, bear with me as I explain where I’m coming from.
First off, I am NOT retired, and have no plans to move into such a realm of uncertainty as retirement. About 5 years ago I asked for, and was granted, part time status with the company that filled my days with useful, productive activities. All told I have about 30 years with my employer and most of my days are spent tapping on the keys of a computer,
No…I don’t characterize myself as a computer geek, but I am able to keep up with the technology. I am 76 years old and in reasonably good health. I just have a need ti feel useful.
For the most part, I work 3 days per week, but lately—due to my taking on a big project, I work 4 days. I fill my time off between two activities:
- Civil Air Patrol – The U.S. Air Force Auxiliary. In case you didn’t know much, if anything, about CAP, we
fulfill about 90% of the inland search and rescue missions assigned by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. This covers everything from lost hikers, missing persons and missing or downed aircraft. We assist with disaster relief (hurricanes, tornados and floods. I am in my 7th year with CAP and have served as a communications specialist and mission transport pilot. I am currently the public affairs officer for the North Carolina Wing and hold the rank of major. Nationally, CAP has about 61,000 members (adults and cadets).
- Internet Blogger. For the past four years I have been involved in Internet marketing and have created nearly 80 blogs—some just a few pages –and some with many more. This blog is just one example.
As I mentioned above, I am not a computer geek, but I have learned the tradecraft necessary to be a blogger, and it serves as an additional source of income. My ever-patient wife calls this activity, “Don’s Hobby.” But she has no problem with the checks I deposit in our bank account.
So what about you? Is boredom creeping up on you? If you are interested in either of my pursuits, leave me a message in the comments section of this page. Include your email address and I will get back to you. I will be digging deeply into other kinds of activities for seniors and will post some ideas as time goes by. Please be sure to browse some of my other posts too. I’m hoping to offer information and resources for seniors by offering as much original, factual content I can muster.
I’m Rootin’ For Ya!
Don (The Blind Hog) Penven