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When I initially retired from my full-time therapy job, my first impulse was to rush into a volunteer position — a worthy and noble thing — until a mentor advised me to take a year for myself and find what I truly wanted to do, what would be the most rewarding for me.  It was difficult to adopt a wait-and-see attitude and I am so glad that I did.  In the year since I gave up my practice, I have made more time to meditate, to read, to walk and to ride my bike. I learned how to take naps.  I have written a couple of short stories and magazine articles — so far, one of which has been accepted for publication in a trade journal.  My friend John Scherer told me that he thinks that to retire could instead be defined as to RE-tire — like a car getting a new set of Michelins.  I am in the process of re-tiring myself.

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