Welcome to #retired. I’m Angela, an original Baby Boomer—born in Boston, raised in Pennsylvania, 100% Italian-American with proud blue collar roots, and, as you would expect, testa dura—Calabrese for “hard head”—to the “nth” degree. I’ve been writing since Sister Mary Dolores taught me how to. I am deeply grateful for my family and my wonderful friends. I love books and movies and language and music and art and travel and food and gardening. And almost anything French or Italian. In my humble opinion, the two most beautiful words in the world, in any language, are “Mom” and “Nonna.”
I am almost, but not quite, retired. More like “demi” retired, which, because it’s French, sounds a little more elegant than “semi,” which also means a big truck. I still work, but without the frantic deadlines or long days on the road of prior years. I still find my work satisfying and challenging, and I still believe that I do it well. But I also have some time on my hands. I’ve been trying to decide what to do with it. Hence, this blog.
Retiring may seem like a huge relief, but don’t let that fool you. It’s just as intimidating as any new job. There are things you need to do when you retire. Belt-tightening, for one. Learning how to fill up your day, for another. Taking care of yourself spiritually, emotionally, physically, intellectually, in whatever order you choose. Figuring out who you are without the “work life” label you’ve had all these years. Deciding what you have to give.
My intent is for #retired to be like a conversation with a good friend, especially on those days when you (a) are a mess because the rest of the world is, (b) you can’t keep the floor clean, (c) the cost of having your roots done has gone up 15%, (c) one of your kids is about to crash your empty nest, or (d) you’re just trying to scale another hurdle. From time to time, I’ll be welcoming guest contributors, too. Do comment, share blog posts, and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Monterosso al Mare in the Cinque Terre.
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