your whole life comes the time to retire. For some, this means delight, for
others sadness. But when the time came to cross that line, I, just like a wide
majority of people, felt a void. One day they step away from that job that was
becoming so tough, since in our country, people at work concentrate exclusively
on the tasks they have been entrusted.
When we think
about our group of workers from saving banks and banks, starting at 8:30AM, many
of us living very far from our working place, spending hours commuting in
trains, boats or cars, retirement means a radical change from everyday
according to what I felt, I think that retired people consider that they have
been stamped a visa on their passport, as if they had crossed a
At first, they
feel disheartened and frustrated, then they get to think they are useless. All
they have left is waiting for the moment to go to the place from which nobody
returns. I think it is a negative attitude and I also believe that those
« young people » should convince themselves that they are useful not
only to their family but also to society.
And I am talking
with full knowledge of my own experience, since when I retired I stayed inactive
only a week and then looked for something that would keep me « alive »
a few hours during the day. And I can affirm that from this very moment I
haven’t stopped. Today, after 19 years of retirement and at 79 year-old, I think
I work more than when I had a job.
with, I just want to give a piece of advice, from someone who experienced the
frontier-crossing feeling, not for long fortunately: do not stay all day
on garden benches with other retired friends to entertain
Good luck and
feel « younger » since life is going on. You have to face the feeling
of a « visa on the passport » with bravery and stoicism, and to find
something that keeps you busy during the day.
Antonio Sirgado Serra -