Thinking about retirement. The thing about frugal people. We don't fear retirement (TOOOOO MUCH) because if the stock market tanks, we can always be MORE frugal. Though, of course, we'd rather be less frugal. That's why I've been frugal all these years.
Teaching literature: LIKE, sometimes a lot
Doing Academic things: not so much anymore
The only one I can't do in retirement is #2. And no, running book discussions at the library is NOT the same and, in fact, I don't like doing that.
One of my favorite things to teach is Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. One of my favorite lines in the play is this one:
What is yours to bestow is not yours to reserve.
Viola, disguised as Cesario, is urging Olivia to reciprocate Duke Orsino's love. The larger point is a Biblical one (from the Parable of the Talents): what is yours to give is not yours NOT to give.
You need to use your gifts.