Before I decide how best I can live my retirement, I think it is a good time to review who I am and what I really want to do with my life going forward.
It would be easy enough to review my history, list my relationships and explain what I have done career wise but that doesn’t really speak to who I am or where I go from here. I feel I need to dig deeper than that.
So who am I? I am someone who is STRONG – not physically or mentally or even emotionally. I am strong on a deeper level. I have been through hell, have found the strength to do what I had to do, and I have started over stronger, wiser and better for the experience. I am someone who is INTELLIGENT -in a common sense kind of way. I have always been able to contribute by seeing what needs to be done, by finding a way to do it and by acting accordingly. I am definitely intelligent enough to learn from others and to learn from my own mistakes. I am KIND, not in a patronizing or enabling way but kind enough to offer a hand up, or compassion or support as the case may be. For the most part, I have been the caregiver as opposed to the one in need of care and I am definitely more comfortable being in the role of caregiver.
So generally speaking, I believe I am strong enough and have enough interests to anticipate an enjoyable retirement, however I will need to find ways to keep giving. That is the way I was raised – to believe that we were here to contribute more than we took away from any situation. That will, no doubt, always be a part of me.