Monthly Archives: February 2013

Thoughts from a Retiree

We had a retirement party at work and I thought the following were cute & probably true :). I also finished reading the The Last Lecture  this week and decided I need to dream bigger or as # 9 & 10 say below: make a bucket list and start doing something now. (P.S. The book was decent – similar to “Tuesdays with Morrie” and maybe I’ll right a post “Thoughts from a Dying Man.”)

Top ten things I wish I had learned before I turned forty:
1.  If you are outdoors when it begins to rain, it’s a good idea to go inside.

2.  Take sick leave when you’re sick.  That’s what it’s there for.

3.  This area (DC – but I’m sure there’s kewl stuff wherever you live!) is a major center for whitewater paddling activities at all levels. Same goes for bicycling, bluegrass music, contra dancing, and lots more.  Have some fun — take advantage.

4.  Take good care of your feet and your feet will take good care of you.  (The same is true of your subordinates.)

5.  Remember the theory of comparative advantage and apply it properly.  It does NOT, for example, imply that you should do your own brakes, even if you think you could. 

6.  If you have a problem that’s bothering you, resolve to do something about it. Talk to a friend — you’d be surprised at how many have been through the same thing.  Talk to your doctor, a therapist, even your boss!

7.  Be an advocate for your own health care:  nobody else will, and that includes your own doctor. Sad but true. Ask questions.  Take notes. Information is power.

8. Develop an exercise routine that works well for you, and do it every day for the rest of your life.  I’m sorry, but that’s how it works.

9. Make a “bucket list” of things you want to do in life.  Be sure to include the Grand Canyon on this list.

10. Life is short.  Start planning to do something on your bucket list.  Do this now.  The Fed (or your boss) will survive your absence for a while, and so will you.