Royal Oak Tribune

New retiree encourages others to find hobbies

- Dear Abby Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

DEAR ABBY » I retired a year ago from a stressful job because I couldn’t take what it was doing to my health. Despite a divorce after a 35-year marriage 10 years ago, I had recovered financiall­y. I was lucky to have landed a job in my early 30s that had an employer-sponsored 401(k) plan, and I contribute­d to it for 34 years, putting in as much as I could. I am able to collect enough Social Security and withdraw a small amount from the 401(k) to live as I did when I worked.

I always had hobbies, interests and things I wanted to do but never had time for. I have been very happy and busy ever since.

I am shocked at all the furloughed people who are having fits and complainin­g that they are bored out of their minds. This should be a wakeup call that they need to get a life. For these people, retirement is going to be really hard.

I have put old home movies on DVDs, reorganize­d photo albums, cleared out a lot of stuff to simplify my life, put in a vegetable garden, made a quilt. COVID or not, I am a busy woman. Can you encourage all those bored people to learn a new craft, try a new recipe, make a birdhouse, SOME

THING other than call this busy woman and distract me from my projects?

— Living It Up in New Hampshire

DEAR LIVING » No, but

YOU should certainly consider doing it. You can also make yourself less available to the complainer­s by putting your phone on mute during the hours you prefer not to be disturbed. This is not to say your suggestion­s aren’t good ones, just that I have urged readers for years to prepare well in advance for retirement.

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