Recently, after 34 years of delivering mail in Marietta, Georgia, Floyd Martin decided to retire.
At the end of his last day, the neighborhood surprised him with a block party of more than 300 people. This included kids he gave lollipops, dogs he gave biscuits, and everyone for whom he always had a smile and a wave.
“When we met Floyd,” recalls one neighbor, “it was like he was an old friend.”
“Kids on his route love, love, LOVE Mr. Floyd,” said another. One girl even dressed up as a mail carrier for her school’s career day.
When neighbors found out Floyd had always wanted to visit Hawaii, they started a GoFundMe campaign to help him realize his dream.
“Thank you for caring about me,” he told the crowd. “We’ve gone through good times and bad times together. You were there when I needed you, even if you didn’t know it. I love you guys. That’s what the world needs more of, loving and caring and compassion and taking care of one another.”
This goes to prove the power of social connection in retirement. Belonging to an association, where you can bond with members and volunteer to make a difference with others, can help you keep living life your way. So, stay involved in your association, along with other people and organizations where you feel a sense of belonging. As the saying goes, there’s strength in numbers.