E is for Experiences – Preparing for a Badass Retirement #AtoZChallenge

E is for Experiencing Life More Deeply

First – Housekeeping: for the past couple of days myself and some readers have been experiencing trouble making or replying to comments on ye olde blogge. I replied to 2 comments this morning without issue. This is since upgrading to the latest version of WordPress. I hope this means the problem is resolved. If you do get the “white screen of death” when trying to publish a comment, please try again. It has worked for me the second time, each time. I am now in the habit of copying my comment before hitting publish, just in case. But I had no issues this morning and am hopeful this means things are back to normal now.

Retirement is a time for experiencing things you didn’t have time for when working. Like taking a month-long road trip across Canada. Or volunteering your time in a developing nation. Or participating in a 10 day Vipassana retreat. Or going to India to study yoga. Or visiting Australia, New Zealand and Japan – all in one trip.

Or committing to an intense, time-consuming goal. Like training for a full marathon, or committing to do every race in the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon series. Or hiking the Bruce Trail in its entirety in one year. Or spending a whole week just drawing and painting. I could go on but I think you get the picture.

These things are infinitely more do-able with that extra 40 hours per week and unlimited (hehehe) vacation days.

These are just some of the ideas I have rolling around in my brain. I am sure if I gave it some more time and thought I could come up with a list as long as my arm of experiences I would like to commit to. Or at least investigate further.

I plan on being very open to new experiences and to keep on saying yes! to them for as long as I can. This widow has a lot of catching up to do, once she lifts her nose away from the grindstone.

Rock on,

The WB




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  • Well, yesterday I was at a meeting of a new outdoors club I joined for seniors and I was having a conversation with the woman who is President. I learned that she is 80 years old and this past winter she went downhill skiing for the first time.

    I’ve been humbled, and now of course ….

    … and just so you know, the comment ‘white-screen-of-death’ is still with us.

    • Thanks Joanne, for persevering with commenting. I suspected as much re: “white screen o’ death”. I never thought I’d say this but I am sad to see that my blog is collecting ZERO spam comments at the moment. Something is seriously wrong and I don’t know who to talk to about this. But I will figure it out eventually I hope. I suspect it is a WordPress problem rather than a Bluehost problem. Thank goodness I have the weekend to sort this out!!!!

  • I don’t know if this helps, but I’m discovering a trick that seems (so far) to be working.
    If I go back to your home page (rather than the individual post), and click on the comment bubble under the heading of your post, I can go into comments send my comment without a problem.
    I don’t know why … but it works. Sadly, I’m still not getting your followup comments though, so I have to go and look for them.

    • Thanks Joanne, for persevering. I have scoured the WordPress Support Forums for a solution but no one is reporting this problem. I’ll persevere as well!

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