Thanks to Edmund Patrick Kelley of Hilton Head Island for sharing his advice "for recent and longtime Hilton Head Islanders who no longer are toiling in the vineyards of the American economy."
"What Retirement Should Be About"By Edmund Patrick Kelley
You should not have to be anyplace if you don't want to go.
You should not have to do something if you don't want to.
Don't pay any attention to anyone who tries to tell you what to do, unless it is your spouse. Then just say, "I'll get to it after my nap."
Never wear a watch.
God allowed beds to be invented so retired people could take naps. Naps help you prepare to be alert and focused while watching ballgames in the evening on television.
People five or more years younger than you do not know as much as you did 50 or more years ago.
A smile or smirk are very appropriate retorts to critics.
What you were in the past doesn't count anymore.
When we retire, we all start out as equals, as Thomas Jefferson stated regarding birth.
Try everything that you have always wanted to try but didn't have time. If one doesn't work out, so what? Try the next thing on your list.
Everyone has a hidden and unused talent. The trick is to find out what it is before you hear the whistle of the Midnight Express to the Big Adios.
You will learn that people the same age are sometimes forgetful and cranky.
Forget those who may have harmed you in the past. They aren't worth thinking about.
Make a list of all the things you can do to spoil your grandchildren.
Take time each day to remember the great times and great people in your past.
Remember you can't buy time.
Remember you have been successful in life, which only you should define.
Remember you were the only you that ever existed.
Look in the mirror and if you don't like what you see it's too late to do anything about it anyway ... so just go on.
Treat each day as if it is a defining time of your life.
Help those young and old who were not as lucky as you.
Don't forget the naps.
Don't forget your friends, the people I call "Theys," who painted the canvas of your life.