The older I get, the more I tend to look for something in my life that takes me out of myself. We all need to have something or someplace to go to recharge ourselves.

Let me explain. I have a sister that adores her pets – last count it was something like four dogs and two cats. My educated guess is that no matter how miserable she might feel on any given day, chances are that all she has to do is take a few moments out of her day to sit with and play with her dogs or sit and pet one of her cats, and I would venture to say that within minutes her thoughts of miserableness vanishes and she becomes a completely changed individual. It is at that particular moment in time that she realizes that everything becomes worthwhile. At that point in her life, any gloom she may have been feeling is lifted and chances are that she feels revived or restored. She is calm, happy, and loved.

Having been a pet person earlier in our lives, but wanting to travel whenever we want, we no longer have any pets. I do not have that luxury nor do I regret not having it. With our children being scattered across the country as they are – we appreciate the fact, that should they ever need us or we tire of not seeing them and want to pick up and just head out, we can do so at a moment’s notice. So, what I am trying to say is that pets are not my answer to having something in my life that enables me to take me out of myself.

We all have something in our lives that gives us that restored feeling when the correct button is pushed. Chances are that it is something that does not require a lot of money either. For some it may mean going to a particular place within their house that they can either be alone in their solitude be it to read, paint, meditate, or what have you. Something that enables us to just recharge.

For some it may mean listening to music, others it may be pick up a favorite book and read a chapter or two. Some, like my sister become involved with her pets. Others it might be absorbing themselves in a hobby like crocheting, knitting, or quite possibly jewelry making.

Let’s face it, most of us, if not all of us, need something in our life that takes us out of ourselves especially in today’s world – and stops us from taking ourselves too seriously. As mentioned it can be an animal, a child, visiting and talking with a long lost friend or what have you – something that makes us realize that stuff that appears to be getting to us isn’t really all that important in the overall scheme of things. We need these distractions to remind us of the simple pleasures in life.

I read somewhere once that it was said: “What good is that piece of music that you enjoy if you don’t get it out and listen to it sometime?” When was the last time you played or listened to your favorite piece of music?

As for me – well, I have my line dancing


and my writing.


Both of these allow me to become distracted from the chaos in the world today. And when I do become embroiled with either of these two pursuits, I feel so much better afterwards.

Lately however these two “hobbies” do not seem to be enough. My goal is to expand upon the writing because, we – (my wife and I) are presently doing line dance for exercise and as such – the teaching part is down to two days a week (dancing is still four days a week though). My desire is to become more creative with my writing – chalk it up to all my years of learning, I guess. I would love to do a weekly or twice weekly series such as a cartoon series


– just something about retirees to make others in our position laugh whenever they read my posts.

Such a pursuit would definitely do two things (1) distract me from all the chaos in the world today and also – not that I don’t have enough to keep me occupied during my retirement years (2) enable me to give back to the community (albeit the Internet community) and do so in a wild and crazy way with but one desire – make people laugh and enjoy themselves.

Can I pull it off? Who knows?

instructor question

But by trying I will have created the distraction I need to put all the other craziness in the world on hold while I create my own wild and crazy world for everyone to join in and laugh about.

Until next time!


About iglengel

Welcome to my blog: I retired in September of 1996 after twenty-five years as an Underwriting Manager (and one year with a smaller insurance company) and have written blog postings on the website prior to setting up this Word Press free site. Having retired almost twenty years ago I have experienced my own retirement transition. I survived and you will too. Oddly enough, now that I have more time, I am discovering various things about myself that I would not have imagined myself doing in retirement. Why does it take so long for, we as individuals, to stop and think about ME!? Join me as I share with you some of the shenanigans we have been up to since retiring. Retirement is and can be a whole lot of fun. Welcome to my site – remember – retirement is not the destination we are seeking – it is the journey! I encourage you to visit often, provide comments, ask questions and add your own insights. We are all on this journey together.
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8 Responses to Recharged

  1. Loving this post, I know I have been amazed how much pleasure I have found in writing and learning from others on the site. It’s exciting, relaxing, calming, creative and fun..keep me coming 🙂😉😳🙂🙃☺️

  2. Irwin..thanks i feel recharged. I was thinking it 9pm and i am cream crackered ( shattered) i just want to crash and sleep. U dont have tge energy to read blogs and comments.. then i thought let read a couple and first on my email was your. I was so happy because i love the way you write it always puts me back on track when i am super tired. So i go to sleep recharged… but still blocked what to blog about tomorrow. I have been suffering writers block for almost a month…

    Lets see what tomorrow brings.. thanks for the recharge. Regards bella

    • iglengel says:

      You are not alone my friend. I am certain I have more days where I don’t know what to write about than days that I do.

      But, then when we do pen that next post and we get comments (such as the one you graciously said about my “Recharge” post), it makes our blogging all worthwhile.

      Thank you,

  3. Love this, and it is so true! We all need those “recharge” moments. For me, it is writing, reading, listening to music, and many times, sitting on my back deck, looking at the trees, while listening to the birds chirp above the waterfall (yes, God-made waterfall in my backyard! woo-hoo!). Recharging allows us to be more effective in living life to its fullest! 😉

  4. My writing allows me to recharge. Reading does too. If I can sit and read for a whole day, I’m so chilled I make liquid nitrogen look hot! 🙂

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