Batter Up and the Power of Facebook

By Jan Cullinane
NABBW’s Expert on The New Retirement

Many people look forward to retirement as a way to deepen or renew old connections.

I want to share a short short story about how that recently happened to me.

The first several years after graduating from college, I taught Biology at a high school in Maryland, and I coached the girls’ softball team. A few months ago, I was contacted via Facebook from the catcher on that girls’ softball team – we’re talking about something that happened 35 years or so ago!

  • Lisa asked (via Facebook) if I was the Mrs. Cullinane who coached Parkdale’s softball team – I said I was.
  • She responded that she now lived in Florida – I told her I did too.
  • She said she lived in Palm Coast and was an Assistant Coach at FPC (Flagler Palm Coast High School).
  • That’s where I live!

So, my husband and I went to watch the girls’ softball game.  It was fantastic.  Enthusiastic crowd, excellent playing (by both teams), a nominal fee to be a spectator, and so much fun to be around a group of talented and hard-working young athletes and a cheering crowd.

If you’re looking for something fun and different to do, get out of your routine and go see what the younger generation is doing.  You won’t regret it.  And, thanks, Lisa, for contacting me!

Jan Cullinane is the co-author of The New Retirement: The Ultimate Guide to the Rest of Your Life (Rodale).