Being Retired or working towards being Retired Early can be stressful at times if we let it be. I know I am not perfect and have been stressed many times. I have tools that I use to help me relieve the stress or to eliminate it that works for me. I don’t know about the stress I cause Mrs. RE at times. LOL
My dad never showed he was stressed over finances. I have so many memories of doing stuff with my dad from Fishing, hunting to playing sports. When ever I wanted to do something he never said “NO” or never said “We can’t afford that” instead he had a smile on his face and said lets do it.
When I needed a new Baseball bat or a new Baseball glove he bought it. When ever we were at a Gas Station or Grocery Store he always let me get Candy and Gum. At the bowling alley when he was bowling he would give me quarters to play video games when I asked or he would let me practice bowl as much as I wanted as he was bowling in his league.
My Dad would stay up with me until I went to bed and then he would work on his league secretary work for hours into the early morning and then get a few hours of sleep before heading to his day job. I don’t ever remember hearing him complain.
My dad was an excellent role model when it came to handling stress during tough times. He taught us that we could overcome anything and when times became tough he would help us “focus on our accomplishments” rather than think about our failures. He refused to add fuel to our pity party; he gave us encouragement and made us believers that things would work out. Of course, with that belief they always do. They may not have worked out exactly like we wanted them to, but things always turned out for the best. All we needed was to have a bit of faith.
When I was growing up, my dad faced all sorts of challenges. He always seemed to make his way through the challenges like a pro. Even when he was under an enormous amount of pressure, he never let it show.
There was the time that the Union at the factory he was working at went on strike–a six months strike. At that time, my mom had a medical problem, so she was unable to work. We all relied heavily on my dad’s income and that was God’s honest truth. During those six months, I am sure life was hellacious, but he never let on that he was struggling. He was always looking at the brighter side of life, being positive –he never let on if things were looking grave. He took it all in stride. He never got upset about it even though he was not getting paid. We made do and he never blamed anyone for his personal financial situation in life. He found a way ….
His solution to this crisis was obvious. He picked up a part-time job at the bowling alley to have some money available for the family, and he controlled family spending. Even if I had something come up a school that required extra money, say for a sports activities, Dad always found a way to pay for it, without showing any signs of stress over obvious financial shortages.
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