South Grafton retiree Mick Street believes there is plenty to do in the Clarence Valley – even for retirees.
South Grafton retiree Mick Street believes there is plenty to do in the Clarence Valley – even for retirees. Jojo Newby

Cost of the quiet life: priceless

FOR those of us who are fortunate enough to be in relatively good health, to be old can be wonderful, but it's largely due to an attitude of mind.

It's lovely to be retired. Not only are we free of the constraints of having to work for a living, but we are now able to pursue the things we have always wanted to do, but did not have the time in which to do them.

For those that have paid off their homes, and to have had a generous superannuation payout, they can now fulfil their lifetime ambition and travel around Australia, or elsewhere even.

We call them grey nomads, which to my mind is very appropriate. I live in a small town in the Northern Rivers district of New South Wales where they are to be seen throughout the year.

Grey nomads also contribute considerably to the economy of regional Australia.

Even if you have no wish to wander the highways and byways of our magnificent country, life can be no less attractive, and for those of us who enjoy the quiet life, it is equally appealing.

lt's wonderful to wake up in the morning and not do anything if you don't want to, especially if it's cold or raining.

On the other side of the coin, it's marvellous to wake up in the morning and to walk outside in the sunshine and fresh morning air, and contemplate what you will do that particular day.

Providing you are free of debt, our aged pension allows us to continue a relatively comfortable way of life, and is among the highest in the world.

When you have reached our time of life, possessions are less meaningful, and indeed desired, even. Providing we can keep a roof over our heads, and to feed and clothe ourselves, that is sufficient.

Our attitude to money also changes.

Without doubt, the most valuable asset one can have in later years is companionship.

Good friends are priceless. The one item that we have in abundance is time, and what better way to spend it than in the company of friends who together with yourself can enjoy stimulating conversations and outings.

Once we have reached our threescore years and ten, life must surely be a bonus from then on.

If you continue to enjoy good health then you are indeed fortunate. Most of us succumb to arthritic problems, and have various stages of hypertension.

Our most feared dread must surely be that of cancer, but we must always remain positive.

Most of us will lead a life of contentment, and to enjoy every moment of every day.

But, like an old car, we will eventually wear out and no longer be around.

As you age further, one adjusts to this eventuality, and to accept it.

After all, it is inevitable.



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