First Person: Volunteering Makes for My Successful Retirement

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First Person: Volunteering Makes for My Successful Retirement
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Freida is happily retired!

I retired from my position as a school district accountant in 2011. After many years of working in this field dealing with deadlines, numbers, state budget woes, stress, and health issues, I was ready for the freedom retirement brings! Though I have to limit my activities due to fatigue related to Parkinson's disease, my retirement has been nothing less than blissful! I credit my happy retirement to the availability it allows me to participate in community affairs through volunteering.

Volunteering gives me the opportunity to meet new interesting and talented people. For example, I currently volunteer as an usher at the Chapman Cultural Center's David Read Theatre in Spartanburg, SC. The theatre hosts plays, musical entertainers, movies, lectures, etc… The perks of volunteering are that I get to attend the events I usher for free. I have made many new friends, and I am able to learn while I have fun!

Volunteering at my church also contributes to my happy retirement! I attend Restoration Church in Spartanburg, SC and volunteer as a greeter, serve on the decorating team, and at special events.

In addition, I attend and support local activities such as outdoor concerts, activities at the Spartanburg County Library and the Spartanburg County Parks and Recreation.

Being available to my aging mother also makes my retirement successful. I enjoy attending to her needs, taking her where she needs to go and enjoying lunch and a movie together on the weekends.

A successful retirement to me equals freedom and that makes me happy!

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