The best medicine is laughter.

Retirement sucks. I don’t know, nor will I ever know, what it is like to work until 65 and  appreciate retirement. I retired at 38, with a 90% disability from the Army. It was fine the first couple of years. Everyday seemed like it was Friday. Then boredom set in. Being unable to work is a handicap. Six years later, I miss the daily grind of waking up, going to work, and coming home. Most days, I am at home, I stay at home, and I fool around at home. Everyone else is at work, and I am still at home. They work, struggle, and make ends meet. I am at home, struggle, and pay my bills. There has to be more to life than existence.

College was a goal of mine, well before I completed over 200 hours of it. Go for a Bachelor’s Degree. I did. I did not complete it. Why? Mainly, because the college I attended wasted my entire GI Bill, and still would not grant me my degree. I am not going to pay out of pocket for something that I should have had with 164 credit hours. Thus my conundrum. Boredom is slowly killing me. There is only so much TV that one can watch.

However, the key is quite simple. Find one thing to live for. Only one thing that will get you out of bed and move forward from there. Sometimes, it is coffee or a chicken biscuit. Other times, it is my pup Chunk. Many days it is that special lady, or my children that get me out of bed. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it motivates you to put one foot in front of the other. Life sometimes feels like a marathon. Then again, sometimes it seems like a long walk off of a very short map. I used to have a magnet that said, “Things are getting worse, send more chocolate!” In my experience chocolate makes everything better. It definitely makes the body happy when eaten.

Humor is the other key to surviving boredom. Laughter does the heart good. It provides a warm, rosy tint on our perspective when we find the silver lining behind our troubles. I have a depreciating sense of humor, and I will often chuckle at the positions I find myself in. Well, this sucks seems to be my motto for my life. Regardless of how bad things may get, how hellbent that life seems to be on getting sideways, humor can ease the tension of the situation. When all else fails, laugh. In no way do I mean the fake cheer that people give you when you pass them in the mall. Laugh from deep down in your soul. That laughter makes a heart glad according to the Bible.

If it seems that life has punched you in the teeth and you need to relax from a hard, stressful day, laugh. God bless you all.

Take care.

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