Ninety-six hours ago, I declared my independence. That’s right. Four days ago, I submitted my sixty days’ resignation-for-purposes-of-retirement letter. And while I count down to September 1st, my full independence day, I admit feeling the need to reach out to others who have made the same declaration.
For while I made what I hope is a reasoned decision, I admit that retirement was never a state to which I aspired, and the “I’m so jealous” sentiments of younger colleagues hardly make me feel better about the plunge..no! step…no! leap of faith I’ve taken.
To tell you the truth, the retirement euphemism that came to mind after clicking the “submit button” that activated the retirement was “pulling the plug.” And part of me felt as if I had pulled the plug on a part of my life that signifies vitality, productivity, and, yes, youth!
So I reach out to others who’ve gone before me, and I ask on this Fourth of July, filled with America’s birthday celebrations, thoughts of freedom, and gratitude for those who have sacrificed for our great Nation…
In the spirit of Emma Lazarus’ words of welcoming those “yearning to breathe free..”: When you made the decision to retire, what freedom(s) were you yearning for? Have your desires for those freedoms been met or exceeded? What advice in this regard can you give?
Thank you! God bless you, and God bless America! Have a SAFE and happy Fourth!