Retirement humour creates a positive attitude with unique insights

Retirement humour sounds like an oxymoron. Retirement can be challenging, mysterious and maybe even a bit daunting, but humourous? - well, why not?

One thing I’ve noticed about older people is that they aren't backward about coming forward on the subject of aging. This is especially true when they are in the company of like minded (and like bodied) folk. The talk isn’t all serious and negative; there’s a lot of mutual encouragement, good information and humour.

There’s a certain resignation about reaching the third phase of life coupled with a subtle sense of achievement.  There’s even a light-hearted, laid back attitude which says 'Wow, I’ve made it this far; let’s see what I can accomplish going forward.'

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It’s not that older people have given up caring; it’s just that we are learning to live within our limitations and to feel more comfortable with reduced expectations. It’s the ultimate reality show!

People who are aging develop a keen sense of the mental and physical limitations associated with the process and they no longer have that feeling of indestructibility that is so powerful in youth.

The knee may be aching a bit but the mind doesn’t feel physical pain. Inside every older person is a younger person saying “What the heck happened?”  The mind and the spirit don’t age the same way that the body does.

When I think of professional comedians such as the stand up stars of 'Yuk-Yuks' and The Montreal Comedy Festival, I don't recall them using the subject of retirement as a source of material for their routines. Is it because there’s an unwritten rule saying it’s not fair to use anything associated with aging for laughs? Well consider this - by year 2030, 30% of the population in North America will be 65 and older and you can bet your bottom dollar a lot of them will still be doing stand-up.

Here's one:-

Last night, my friend and I were sitting in the living room and I said to her, “I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.” She got up, unplugged the TV, and threw out my wine.

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:) The shoe box

:) The bathing suit

:) The bath tub 

:) The long shot

:) The hiccups

:) The speed limit

:) Church bloopers

:) Long distance