Rituals and Routines in Retirement

My brother, who is retired, lives in Athens and we were going on an out of state trip.  I was to make the 45 minutes trip over to his home to pick him up at 9:30am, not too early and not too late.  When I was 10 minutes out, I called him.  He was not going to be ready he said to me.  It seems he has a ritual of getting ready in the mornings and he was going to have to complete that process before we could begin our trip. He didn’t want to be rushed.

Rituals – a series of actions or type of behavior regularly and invariably followed by someone. Rituals helps you slow down, to find happiness in the smallest of things. Some have a passion to turn everyday routines into more meaningful rituals.

Enjoying rituals is one of the pleasures of retirement.There are many types of rituals you can enjoy. Here are some I have heard from residents of my Active Adult Retirement Community

Active Adult Living Photo of the Week

Sports Keeps Seniors Active

Mary Ann and I attended the USATF Masters Indoor Championship a couple of weeks ago. We saw many example of seniors excelling in track and field sports of all sorts that many thought not possible a few years ago. Many of these seniors will be at the World Masters Athletics Championships Indoor at Toruń Poland next week.

Thanks for photographer Rob Jerome for allowing me to post some of his photos from the USATF Masters Indoor Championship.

Betty Lindberg, 94; Christel Donley, 84; Rose Green, 80; and Irene Obera, 85.
Team USA has perhaps the most successful group of female and male athletes over the age of 80 in the world.
Rachel Guest in the lead.

Oscar Peyton, 66, beat Damien Leake, also 66, by .02 of a second in the M65 60 meters
John Starr, 90, today won Gold in the M90 3000m Race Walk with a time of 24:38.97, shaving almost 6 minutes off the American Record.
At Winston-Salem Indoor Nationals, Bruce McBarnette, 61, won his 41st national title in Masters High Jump.

In a highly competitive field, Mark Williams, 46, left, won Silver in the M45 400 meters. Note: my wife Mary Ann is watching on the left back side of this photo.

These seniors show us all what is possible and serve to motivate all of us as well.