Retirement tips from Mom

Moms have a lot of rules. To wit…

Make your bed every morning. Pick your underwear up off the floor. Don’t waste food. Close the door…were you born in a barn?

These and other Momisms (which, coincidentally, is the title of a book I wrote before I “retired”) prevent chaos and provide a safe environment for children to learn and thrive. They get passed from one generation to the next as daughters (who swore they’d NEVER say those things to THEIR kids) adopt the colorful Mom-speak for their own rules of the house.

Everyone has their favorite Momisms. But, did you realize some can be modified ever-so-slightly and applied to retirement? It’s a lovely thing, really. Because, even if your Mom isn’t around, her words can still guide you into your next act:

“Money doesn’t grow on trees.”
This was true in your childhood; it’s even more true today. Money will grow only where you plant it. So make sure it’s well-rooted and growing before you take the plunge into retirement.

“If everyone jumped off a cliff, would you do it, too?”
You may be more impervious to peer pressure than you were as a teenager, but don’t be tempted to keep up with the Joneses in your retirement. Just because your best friends sold their house and are traveling the country in an Airstream doesn’t mean it’s right for you. Find your own way. Do you own thing.

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
This is a great rule, in general, but especially for spouses who find themselves together 24/7 after years of working outside the home. Enough said.

“Eat your vegetables.”
Proper nutrition and exercise are imperative now. No more excuses. You have the time. Just do it. You’ll save a fortune in healthcare costs and enjoy your retirement a lot more with a healthy lifestyle.

“Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.”
Having a sense of gratitude for everything that comes your way in retirement is one of the best ways to ensure a happy second (or third) act.

“If you fall out of that tree and break your leg, don’t come running to me.”
Okay. This one doesn’t really apply. We just think it’s hilarious.

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