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Working After Retirement

After a lifetime of being tied to a job or profession, retirement is, by definition, the time to quit living by the "company clock" and/or "taking down the shingle".

But, as it turns out, for various reasons, it does not always work out that way. Some, because they cannot afford to survive, let alone live, on Social Security alone and have no other form of revenue, are forced by circumstances to look for part time employment. Some professionals end up being per diem consultants for their "ex-employer" to supplement their retirement income and, in some cases, because they have a special talent that makes them "on demand", if not indispensable.

I retired from my company about a year ago. Between my Soc. Sec. and my pension, I make enough to live on(mind you, I am not "rolling" in cash). I have a simple lifestyle, have no desire to travel and "see the World". But, there is never a dull moment in my daily life as I have several hobbies and things that keep me occupied.

However, about a month ago, I received a call from my now, ex-employer, asking how I would feel about working part-time making a special production tool as the person who filled my old spot got promoted and no longer had the time for this. I gave it some thought. It is a good feeling to have one's skills valued enough to be called back and the money would come in handy(There is no such thing as extra money). This particular job is something that I enjoyed. So, why not treat it as a hobby that you actually get paid for.

One other thing that motivated me is that I read somewhere that keeping a certain amount of self-imposed discipline in one's life as well as exercising mental and physical skills on a regular basis help stave off aging and the laxity that can lead to things such as dementia and Alzheimer.

So, all things considered, to me, this is a win-win situation.

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MegL wrote on June 7, 2015, 6:47 PM

When it's something you enjoy doing and it gives you extra money - why not! Go for it and enjoy!

msiduri wrote on June 7, 2015, 6:53 PM

If it's something you enjoy and it leaves you time for your own hobbies and such, what have you go to lose?

morilla wrote on June 8, 2015, 12:58 AM

Basically, the thought is that having a purpose or goal helps keep things from shutting down; both physically and mentally. It's part of why, other than simple economics, many 'retired' people find jobs. If asked, it's also why the wife has this "Honey-Do" list that never seems to end... emoticon :smile:

peachpurple wrote on June 8, 2015, 4:05 AM

go for it, working part time is better than full time and extra $$

agvulpes wrote on June 8, 2015, 9:33 AM

Well done and it sure is a great way to stop the old brain from going stale! I've been working along those lines seen I 'retired' in the year 2000! I have never been so 'busy' :)

iwrite28 wrote on June 8, 2015, 11:07 AM

It is super that you received tangible appreciation for your skill. Enjoy!

Strgzr66 wrote on June 8, 2015, 1:39 PM

Yep, having a great time. Life is good...Thanks everyone for the encouraging comments...Ooops, time to "hit the road, Jack"...Off to woyk I go emoticon :smile:

MelissaE wrote on June 8, 2015, 4:09 PM

I say go for it if you enjoy it and it gives you extra income.

valmnz wrote on June 18, 2015, 11:59 PM

Good on you. I'm a retired teacher. I still work, but not teaching. My husband and I have a small collectibles business that keeps me very busy and keeps the cash rolling in. I also call myself a writer these days, working almost fulltime on a project.

Strgzr66 wrote on June 19, 2015, 3:02 AM

A "Best Seller" in the works...? perhaps...? Why not give it a shot; time is on your side emoticon :smile:

valmnz wrote on June 19, 2015, 3:07 AM

Strgzr66 nothing quite as exciting, I'm working on a local social history project.

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CoralLevang wrote on June 20, 2015, 3:45 PM

Exactly! We do not have to roll over and die upon retirement or any other life-changing moment.

CalmGemini wrote on June 21, 2015, 3:58 AM

This job is something you enjoy and you will be paid for it.As it is part time job you will get spare time for your interests.So definitely you can go for this.

paigea wrote on June 21, 2015, 8:40 AM

That does sound like a win win siuation. I quit teaching full time very early and now substitute and I find that a good balance between working and not working. We can take a week or so off and do other things. i willl have to keep doing it for a long time though.

scheng1 wrote on June 23, 2015, 8:06 AM

I wonder what happens to ex-President of the country. Surely nobody will hire them.

AliCanary wrote on June 26, 2015, 3:40 AM

I know my husband has no plans to work after retirement, but I would still teach and write and do artwork, if I can, because I enjoy it! I think you made the right decision--a lot of retired people don't really have a way to stay engaged without a job and kind of wither away.