Adjusting to life in retirement isn’t easy. You don’t get a playbook when you retire. You need to develop your own – one that’s right for you, and for your unique circumstances and interests. And retiring isn’t your next chapter. It’s the next in a series of new chapters. When my clients take time to look back at their lives so far, they often discover more interests and pursuits than they recall at first. The diversity of your experiences and skills over time can offer a menu of choices to re-engage with in these next chapters of life. Author Anne Montgomery shares reflections on her career and life experiences, her observations on retirement, and notes that we have to learn to be retired.
Anne Montgomery joins us from Arizona.
Anne Butler Montgomery has worked as a television sportscaster, newspaper and magazine writer, teacher, and amateur sports official. Her first TV job came at WRBL-TV in Columbus, Georgia, and led to positions at WROC-TV in Rochester, New York, KTSP-TV in Phoenix, Arizona, and ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut, where she anchored the Emmy and ACE award-winning SportsCenter.
She finished her on-camera broadcasting career with a two-year stint as the studio host for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. Montgomery was a freelance and/or staff reporter for six publications, writing sports, features, movie reviews, and archeological pieces.
Her novels include Wolf Catcher, The Castle, The Scent of Rain, A Light in the Desert, and Wild Horses on the Salt.
Montgomery taught high school journalism for 20 years and was an amateur sports official for four decades, a time during which she called baseball, ice hockey, soccer, and basketball games and served as a high school football referee and crew chief. Montgomery is a foster mom to three sons. When she can, she indulges in her passions: rock collecting, musical theater, scuba diving, and playing her guitar.
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“I’m used to filling up with my days with a whole bunch of things that I think are important – and suddenly I don’t have those things. The other problem is that I had this belief that what I did was who I was. Instead of just being me, Annie Montgomery, I’m an umpire, I’m a referee, I’m a teacher, I’m a reporter. That’s who I am – and that’s not true. Those are things I did. So it’s that idea that I think we have to consider that our jobs are not actually who we are. They’re just things we do.”
On Learning to Retire
“What’s going to make you feel better in retirement is looking forward to something. Whereas people that can’t, don’t have anything to look forward to, I think it gets depressing. So I would say, don’t be too hard on yourself. Understand you worked your entire life, and this is not a transition that’s going to go away in a day. We have to learn how to be retired. And maybe there should be lessons for this. I know when I was a teacher, they kept having meetings about what happened in retirement, but it never focused on the social aspects of it or how do you deal with your time, this extra time? It was all about the financial end of things. So I don’t think enough people talk about this end of it.”
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Intro and Outro voiceovers by Ross Huguet.