Make your post retirement life meaningful
(This is what I have learnt , when I became old)
The day you retire you do not become an old person,
Though the process of getting old starts at birth when you cry,
It stops only on the day when you become silent,
And all others around you cry aloud .
Take out an old photograph of your own,
And see how pretty you were , with your forehead
Covered with hanging very pretty black hair ,
And again now see that the sun light reflects from your vacant head.
Where from have these lines have appeared on your face in the mirror
You did not notice them on mirror, when you were studying in the college ,
Or during marriage and on the days when you were happily ,
Carrying your baby on your shoulders .Is this mirror lying now ?
Why does the progression of time taking revenge on you so badly?
Why did you keep on working for some one else ,
From year to another year and why did that power ,
That pride which was in you go away ?Why are others not respecting you now?
Now when you come back from office even your dog does not care for you,
Though even earlier you were daily becoming more and more old ,
Suddenly after this retirement day , you feel very old ,
And so your present old age is not to the body but to your mind.
If you wish this can be removed by trying to do a different type of work,
For different type of people , group and for a different purpose ,
May be you cannot demand salary and may be your work may not be for money,
May be what they give you may now be love , recognition and respect.
Maha periyava the stellar sage once told , do not ever think,
You are old retired person , for if you really want you can become,
Wish giving trees that convert make this drab world in to heaven.
By utilising the power that God has given you to improve this world.
Those who work in office can do work for society after office hours ,
But the retired people with a young mind can do it all the time,
BY the time of retirement , your responsibilities towards ,
Your son and daughter would have been over .
If you unnecessarily drag the responsibility of your grand children,
There would be no end to your responsibilities and duties,
And it is felt that after retirement you should develop ,
Wisdom and detachment and help the society to better itself.
It is time to start thinking of the ways to attain salvation ,
And you should restart doing prayers that you had left off,
Saying that you are busy and even after doing them properly ,
You will still have lots of time to utilise for helping others known and unknown.
If you like reading and learning it is also time to learn and teach others,
And You also could freely teach about the work of the job you did ,
And coach children to appear before various tests and exams,
And if you are getting sufficient pension , you can also feed poor students and old people
Though your body gets aged by adopting these methods ,
You can maintain your mind young by becoming useful to others.