Will Manley on Retirement

How many of the audience are retired? Thinking of retirement?

One of the nice things about retirement is you can be yourself. You have no one to report to–boss–boards.

Post retirement resume–career Goals: Golf     Life Goal: Have fun with 4 grandchildren    Library Goals: Spread cheer to librarians and spend 10 hours a week as a problem patron.

Life is very hard. More so now than ever. It can be stressful. But there is light at the end of the tunnel called retirement.  How did Manley decide to retire? He woke up one morning and said, “I can’t take this anymore.” His wife was a third grade teacher for years and she said they would retire at the end of her school year. He almost didn’t make it (he was a city manager).  In that time two sons moved to California and began having children. Manley and his wife began traveling a lot to California and upon retirement they sold their house and moved to California.

Why did he need to get out of city management? Manley never golfed until retirement–why? Think library patrons are bad–try municipal golf course patrons. The worse golf player they are-they more they complain.

Manley did not have a retirement plan. But he knew his time had come. Some people however are planners. It is good to surround yourself with people of other points of view–gives you perspective. One of the first things he did was “get rid of his cell phone”  Then he got rid of the television–advice from another retired person–it is so easy to become addicted to the tv especially when retired. He lived for months without a computer but felt without it he was locked out of this society (banking, social).  Now he is working on an internet addiction.

During the four months without a computer he would visit his local branch library to use a computer. Now he became “a regular” (looser).

What does he do all day? He has two grandchildren he and his wife take care of during the week.  Being a city manager prepared him for working with grandchildren with skills such as “sharing.” 

It is important to have a purpose–self value. Librarianship is noble work. All the jokes aside–people need librarians. People can be afraid of retirement for fear of loosing purpose or self value. Terms: Put out to pasture, put on a shelf, ride off into the sunset.  Our culture–we define ourselves by our occupations. Retirement can be scary because we need to redefine ourselves.  Librarians are often more prepared for retirement. We have been exposed to so many resource. Manley ask–Are you ready to take a risk? What do you really want to do with your life?

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