“Nobody Cares About My Feelings”: 75-Year-Old Arnold Schwarzenegger Reveals How He Ditched Feeling Lost, Unlike Other Politicians Post-Retirement

Published 05/30/2023, 9:35 AM EDT

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After conquering the bodybuilding stage and becoming one of the biggest movie stars in the world, Arnold Schwarzenegger turned his attention to politics. Schwarzenegger retired from politics after serving two terms as the Governor of California from 2003 to 2011. In a recent interview, the Governator discussed how he felt after stepping down from office. While it can be difficult for politicians to step away from what they love doing, Arnie didn’t let those feeling dampen his optimism. 

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While interviewing the ‘FUBAR’ star, Mara Reinstein of Parade asked: “There was never a time when you thought, Oh no, what’s next?” The 75-year-old explained why, unlike others, he didn’t feel lost after his political career ended.

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In the interview, the Governator mentioned that after his political career ended, he immediately focused on future pursuits. “There was never a time where I said, “Oh my God, I’m not sitting in Sacramento,'” said the seven-time Mr. Olympia. He said politicians often feel people will stop caring about them after they retire from their posts.

However, thinking, “I’m a nobody now and I’m a private citizen and nobody cares about my feelings,” is not the correct way to see things, Arnie told Parade. The Austrian Oak revealed many politicians asked him how he handled retirement. “Even though I’m out of office, I still go to an office every day,” informed the 75-year-old.

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Instead of sulking, the actor immediately looked for a new purpose in his life. Besides returning to acting, the bodybuilding icon also devoted himself to philanthropy. While he was no longer a civil servant, the Governator continued to serve the public through the Schwarzenegger Institute. However, that didn’t mean the former Mr. Universe didn’t miss anything about his political career.

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During the interview, the reporter asked Schwarzenegger what he missed the most about his time as a civil servant. “Creating policies with legislators that make life easier and save people’s lives,” responded the Raw Deal actor. Helping people and tackling various issues can be “addictive,” according to the former governor.

Arnie fondly recalled what he missed about being governor and how he didn’t feel vulnerable after retirement. However, he also acknowledged not everyone might feel the same. Schwarzenegger said he had a career to fall back on after politics. While things might have been easier for the 75-year-old, he still recommends others to keep a positive outlook, no matter the circumstances.

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Sagnik Bagchi is a sports writer at EssentiallySports who specializes in American sports. He has a deep understanding of combat sports, gymnastics, and weightlifting. He holds a Master's Degree in English Literature from a top university.
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