194 Days until I am retired! I cannot wait for the freedom to get up and know I am free to plan my day around the weather and my personal whims 😊
I really thought that I would face retirement with some reluctance. The truth is, I am READY! I have enjoyed my career, especially my current position, but these last two years have been so frustrating and stressful an the past couple of weeks have brought so much miserable winter weather. I am just so ready to start this new chapter of my life. 💃💃💃💃
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.