Well, if goddamned Betty White can do it … Of course, I’m getting no offers of any kind except a few that don’t interest me or sound like too much work. But I don’t think full time is what I’d be looking for. But a full-time/part-time job … that would pique my interest. And look at our Ms. Mary – she has energy to burn and ideas bubbling in her little well-coiffed head. And the Lizard! My God, she is an inspiration to us all. Oh hell, I just say work at SOMEthing to keep engaged, to retain a last wisp of memory, to give back and to just have fun.
Joan Ganz Cooney
I wouldn’t know – even at my advanced age – what to do without work. However, I was very lucky. I no longer wanted to be CEO of my company when I was 60 but I was asked to stay on to become Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board, which is functionally inside chairman of the board. I go to my office part of four days a week and meet with various people, attend some meetings and generally keep up with and offer opinions on a lot of different things. I would never want to fully retire but I had a good way of getting the workload right for me.
Today I would like to retire tomorrow … But when I’m 70 I’m sure I’ll be remembering lovingly my “great old job.” Sure I’ll work. At something. I’m thinking of going all Jane Goodall at 70 …
I want to go on to my last breath but not at the same place, same thing, same goals. I want to keep learning everything that I don’t know (except for whitewater rafting, snowboarding, unicycling, circus acts and swimming with whales). I want to see what I haven’t seen, love who I should have loved, write what I’ve never written – you know what I mean! Then I want to go on to the next universe and start there. Why not? But I don’t want to go on and on at the same game.