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I Think I'll Survive Retirement

Published September 16, 2013 1:34 PM by Pat Veitenthal
Since last I wrote, I have been giving a great deal of thought to what I want to do in my retirement. Some of you offered very good suggestions, and I thank you for them. One thing I decided to do was to stop worrying so much about it, and just enjoy what is happening in my life right now...Other decisions can come later.

I still hear from former colleagues, even if it isn't face to face, and I find my opinion is still sought on matters. I like that. (Write to me PGVRNBSN@gmail.com if you want an honest no BS opinion about nursing!)

I'm going on a cruise in 2 weeks with family and friends, NOT as a Medical Officer but as a passenger, and I'm so looking forward to being spoiled!

I actually have long fingernails again. I haven't been able to grow mine in over 25 years!

I'm watching every TV show that is suggested to me, and loving them all. I have never denied or apologized for the amount of TV that I watch. My mind has not turned to mush as the TV snobs say will happen, and in fact I consider myself exceptionally well informed because of TV! (BTW, thanks Sissy for telling me about Sons of Anarchy. Jax's naked backside is gorgeous!!)

My ex and I are back on friendly terms, and I am very happy about that for the sake of my son and my grand darlings. I've re-connected with family, and especially first cousins that a busy nursing life kept me away from for far too many years.

So I guess I will survive this retirement thing after all. Just like everything in this life, it's all about your attitude!

posted by Pat Veitenthal

3 comments

Being retired 1.5 years now and still loving every day of it.  I do what i want , when i want and things seem to get done.  I go as i please and do as i  please, stay up late and sleep in without worry.  I loved Nursing and always will but now i'm in a different phase of my life and i love it .So look forward to the wonderful changes in your life.  

marge maciha, endoscopy - RN, morton plant hospital September 16, 2013 5:25 PM
largo FL

Just sit back and enjoy!

Kim Foster September 16, 2013 4:09 PM

Been almost a year since I retired,love every second of it. Doing what I wanted to do. Not worring about much. Doing a lot of traveling including a cruise. Work 40 years in a ED and 9 other in MD. So Pat, love every second of it !!!!

Donna D September 16, 2013 2:46 PM

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    Pat Veitenthal, BSN, RN
    Occupation: Per diem nursing supervisor and cruise ship nurse
    Setting: Community hospital and cruise ships
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