Those who can afford a comfortable retirement are increasingly finding themselves shut out from stimulating companionship.
No, it's not exactly social isolation. It's more the two cultures are hardening into social segregation. Increasingly, the two world don't mix. Even those focused too much on funding their retirement become socially "undesirable."
The new game is about continuing to bring in income. That makes us socially attractive. We might have ideas, contacts and experience useful to others.
Those eager to stop working or who have already stopped are out of synch with capitalism.
What are the retired doing which alienates them from the working? Here are the 5 irritating behaviors:
- Have a slowed down sense of time. I decided to thank a retired woman for doing a favor for me by treating her to dinner. She was so slow in ordering, eating and wrapping up the evening. In addition she talked non-stop with oughts. We who are working know there are no longer shoulds.
- Compulsively invite us to outings. I do not have the schedule to take the church-sponsored bus to the casino on Tuesday morning and spend the day there. Although I explained my need to stick close to my business during the week, the invitations still come.
- Hearing problems. This is becoming common. I don't want to shout in public. The solution could be to upgrade the hearing aides or perhaps consider surgery.
- Simply out of it. They dish about how to do business. Yet those approaches have been blown into a million bits.
- Over-communicating. They have the time to send too many texts, emails and snail mails. Less is more.
Most of us who are over-65 and remain passionate about our work might have to be blunt with the retired. We may have to say: I can't be distracted from my daily professional life. Perhaps we can do something together on a long holiday weekend. Keeping putting off the long-weekend outing and they will move on to others.
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