As we enter the next phase of our lives (those of us who have been retired for some time now), unless we had a hobby or perhaps a sideline business we became involved in before retiring that we felt passionate about, it becomes quite the challenge to fall into some type of routine and/or schedule similar to the one followed when we worked 9-5.

But, that is not to say that we have to sit around and just vegetate 24/7 either. I am reminded of a quote by Anthony J. D’Angelo, who said:

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”


Many of us here within our little retirement community have varied passions to keep us occupied. Those that love the game of golf look forward to heading out to the links several days a week. Others within our community love card games and look forward to their daily get together to play Bridge. Most recently someone within the community was hoping to set up a game of Euchre (a trick-taking card game most commonly played with four people in two partnerships with a deck of 24, 25, or sometimes 32, standard playing cards).

Another card game that is a favorite of our community and one we have yet to learn is “Hand & Foot”. Hand and Foot is a variation of Canasta and is played with 4 to 6 standard decks. I do believe that we have some rather passionate Hand & Foot card players within our community as well.

Others look forward to meeting to play shuffleboard, take a dip in the pool, go bowling, some even go “lawn bowling” (a game played with heavy balls, the object of which is to propel one’s ball so that it comes to rest as close as possible to a previously bowled small ball (the jack). Lawn bowling is played chiefly outdoors on a closely trimmed lawn called a green.

I would be remiss were I not to mention many senior citizen’s favorite and one might say “passionate” past-time – Bingo – no explanation necessary. Plus we have a small library within out clubhouse for the readers in the group. Fact is, that within our community, we have quite a few activities one can become passionate about so that our days do not just dwindle by.

And for those of you that are like me, I love to research, read numerous quotes, funnies and anything that will bring a smile to my face. Sharing that information with others is also a passion of mine. And while I cannot quite put my finger on that which I am most definitely passionate about, reading and writing come about as close as I can think of to being the things I am most passionate about.

I am looking forward to doing all the things we both (my wife of 53 years) are passionate about as that is the best part of this journey.


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