For the past two weeks, I have had the pleasure of interviewing and writing about retirees who have reinvented their lives and discovered fascinating activities or careers. I’ve enjoyed sharing their inspirational stories and hope they have inspired you to discover something fascinating in your life.

Catherine and Jim Calvetti have learned about history they had not heard of and discovered fascinating new areas  through their Geocaching. Meanwhile, Henry Gauthier has experienced tremendous satisfaction in his retirement reinvention, and they all exhibit an amazing zest for their new life styles.

Recently newspapers have published a number of articles about the value of having a purpose beyond work and the importance for couples to each have an activity that they can call their own. According to a Wall Street Journal, Why Too Much Togetherness Can Ruin Retirement by Dr. Maryanne Vandervelde  it’s reassuring for couples to know that each of us can manage on our own because one of us will probably have to some day. Equally as important is that having our own activities makes us more interesting to our spouse because we enjoy one another more when we come together to share our experiences. Our mates’ interests also make our own lives fuller for we usually learn from them when they share their experiences about their special activities.

I think the past two stories featured in this blog are good examples of couples who have discovered new interests while demonstrating their mutual consideration for one another. Their activities have also strengthened their retirement marriages.

How will you make your retirement marriage work for you and your spouse?  Will you share your successes with us?  I’m always looking for new and wonderful stories, and YOURS, I know, will be inspirational.  I look forward to hearing from you in the comment section below or in an email at nora@surviveyourhusbandsretirement.com.

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