Imagine! More than 1,950 years ago, Roman philosopher/politician Seneca shared a commentary on retirement.
“Retirement without the love of letters is a living burial.”
(As a newly retired teacher-librarian, I personally agree! …I can’t imagine retirement without being able to immerse myself in reading.)
While his commentary is consistent with his being a philosopher– a man of letters–the unfortunate reality is that Seneca did not get to enjoy retirement–of any kind.
The other hat he wore stood in the way.
Rather than being permitted to retire from politics, as requested, as a result of his being (falsely?) implicated in an assassination plot against the emperor, he was asked to remove himself from government involvement–literally– by taking his own life.
(Whew! That is tough stuff!)
Fortunately, Seneca’s writings have survived, traveling through nearly twenty centuries to inform today’s posting.
Now that I am enjoying a retirement with love of letters, there are other two pieces of Seneca’s sage advice that I believe will serve me well within that retirement (despite, in the second case, the masculine pronoun reference).
“One should count each day as a separate life.”
“If a man does not know to what port he is steering, no wind is favorable to him.”
Admittedly, each weighty quote of Seneca’s demands some pondering. …Good thing I have all the time in this world now to ponder!…And to find ideas from the books I read to lend insight and perspective.
What sage advice has guided you in retirement?