RETIREMENT IN ST.JOHN
We have a rental home in St John and plan to retire in about 6 years there-starting slowly as snowbirds and spending more and more time there. We'd love to chat with peope in their 50s and 60s who are also moving toward retirement in St John. We've been going to St John for over 25 years and would love to share stories and talk about what retirement might be like. My wife and I are both psychologists in the Boston area and while she hopes to have a small practice when in St John I look foward to doing a lot of volunteering when I'm there. I hope other St John "addicts" talk about their hopes and dreams regarding living there.
After reviewing the board, and visiting over the last 25 years, in your professional opinion... what's the psychosis that draws so many people to the VI?
Dear Island Ed,
I think it's the sense of wildness and untamed spirt that's still there. Compared to living in the Northeast, St John is not an easy place to live . Everything seems to break down or rust away but the spirit is always vibrant. So I can imagine growing old there. My body will rust out but I hope my spirit doesn't!
A mere two cents but consider the health care faciilties here.
As a 23 year resident, the majority of the"older" wonderful people I was fortunate enough to come across many years ago eventually left when they retired not only because of the increasingly high cost of general living but because of the lack of medical care here where older people are concerned.
I'm no spring chicken, over 60, so far so lucky, sort of! Just be aware! Cheers!
I found the saying "we're here because we're not all there" seems to ring true. Is there some psychological merit to this saying?
I think that is a saying common to many communities, here in Port Townsend it is pretty much standard on all bumpers. I guess it fits anywhere that is off the beaten track.
Dear Island Ed,
There is truth that some places are what I call " ends of the earth" places. People do often go there who don't fit in or want to fit in to the mainstream. When I see those "retirement communities where you never have to shovel snow again." which they advertise all around the Boston area, I want to puke. Nothing could be less interesting than having everything be predictable. Using our brain and our brawn really does keep us young!
Dear Stt Resident,
Thanks for your thoughts. I've got to do more research on the topic of health care.