China has beautiful parks in most every city large and small. If you go to the park in the morning, you can see what we are talking about. Men and women are out getting exercise, socializing, loosening stiff joints, and kindling new friendships. When they go to bed at night, they have something to look forward to. When the alarm rings they head to a social event. Some dress in their normal street clothes. Others are in dancing attire and some are in outfits that resemble pajamas…satiny and shinny.
isn’t easy. Pensions aren’t large and apartments and
homes are small. So they need to be
creative and find something that will get them outside and moving. Dancing is
one of those activities. Our guide told
us they do it in all seasons. Yes, even
in the cold of winter and the heat of summer.
Rain does put a dent in things, but you can buy a cheap rain suit and
keep dancing. China
History buffs will recall that Chairman Mao loved to dance. The Memorial Dance Floor at the Raffles Hotel in
is a restored piece
of history. Mao and President Nixon danced there, but not with each other. Perhaps the Chinese have a dancing gene in
their collective DNA. It gives a whole
new meaning to “Bop to you Drop.” Beijing
We loved it because it represents so much we advocate in Don’t Retire, REWIRE! Dancing helps people stay connected to others; provides excellent physical activity; offers structure to the day; and provides a purpose. You can work on your dancing skills, be in competitions if you so choose, or continuously learn new steps. That’s what we call Driver fulfillment.
There is one downside however. It is a cautionary tale. The divorce rate among retirees is climbing slightly. Some men and women are finding that they like dancing with their new partner better than dancing with their spouses.
is coming in future blogs. Stay tuned! China