“‘I’m 69 this year and I’m already tired of AARP reminding me to stay connected, wear high heels, get another job and stay busy! I was very very busy, employed, and connected for 55 years and now I’m going to embrace my essential introvert and explore these tasks in depth,’ wrote Susan.”
“A friend who lives on the east coast mentioned to me last week that his wife, at an age when they are both coasting toward retirement, says she feels more and more like being a homebody these days.
“Me too. Even in childhood, I had no trouble being with myself but in the years since I retired in 2004, I have gradually become more appreciative of my own company, to even crave it when life sometimes feels too busy.
“This does not mean I don’t want to be with other people. I just seem to want a bit less of it these days, of shorter duration and to give myself more time between each encounter.”