Bar News - July 15, 2015
Morning Mail: Overlooked Aspects of Retirement
I read with interest the article in the May 20 issue of Bar News written by attorney Linda Argenti regarding, “The Truth about Retirement.” I’d like to add my own 2 cents worth if appropriate, so here it is:
Attorney Argenti’s article about retirement raises some very important issues to those seeking to retire in the foreseeable future. I have been retired for 11 years now, but instead of Florida, I am located in Arizona.
Those of us who practiced family law know that there are many levels to a divorce case – there are the legal issues, financial issues, custody and support issues, but often overlooked are the emotional and social issues. Starting a new life after a divorce can be overwhelming. So can retirement.
I think that being financially prepared is only part of the deal. All of us are multi-dimensional creatures who have other interests outside of the practice of law. In fact, being a good lawyer requires that you be a well-rounded person with many interests, despite the fact that you have no time for those interests.
It took me a couple of years after retirement to realize that I had plenty of time now to devote to my other interests. There is a certain intense momentum to practicing law, and it takes a while for that momentum to drop off.
I am fortunate to have my wife, Angela, as my partner. Since retirement, we have had time to plan and take trips to France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Hawaii, Alaska, and more to come. Here in Arizona, I am now teaching guitar classes at our local community college, plus along with Angela volunteering as ushers at our local Performing Arts Centers. I also teach classes in rock music history, Beatnik history, human evolution, and the mafia (not from personal experience, however). We have made many, many friends out here who have retired from different walks of life. This includes our friendship with Toni Tennille, of Captain and Tennille, who is retired from performing and has become a valued friend.
One of the very key elements to retirement consists of staying physically fit. I do lots of weight lifting, aerobic dancing, Zumba, power walking and some running. Plus, of course, the all-important watching of the diet. None of these guarantee good health, of course, as anything can happen to anybody, but they certainly help, and they expand your horizons of available activities.
So, thank you, attorney Argenti, for raising the important issue of non-financial aspects of retirement. These are usually overlooked, and can lead to anxiety and depression, when you think you are suddenly no longer powerful, important or useful.