Wednesday, November 22, 2017
They Told Me This Day Would Come
I am starting to think about retirement. It is at least 6 years in the future, but I am starting to get comfortable with the idea of working less, or not at all. One of my colleagues has cut back to three days a week - maybe I will do that at 65 and hang on a few more years. For a long time, I didn't think that retirement was something I could do. My work is a major part of my life. But I am starting to think that there are enough other things to keep me busy.
What do I see in retirement?
I want to never wear a tie again. I seldom wear them, I would like to toss them all in the trash.
I want to never wear a starched shirt again. 30 years ago I discovered the joys of having sending my dress shirts out to be washed and ironed - executive shirt service. I look forward to not needing to do that any longer. I want to wear jeans and comfortable shirts everyday for the rest of my life.
I want to travel in and out of the city off peak rush hour. On the rare day that I board metro at 9:00 AM instead of 8:00 AM, the ride is so much less crowded. It is also cheaper if I enter the system after 9:00.
I want to fix lunch at home, or go out in the middle of the day and not be worried about getting back to duties.
I want to be able to stay up past 10:00 at night, without being concerned about getting enough sleep.
I am reaching the point that retirement may be an option. They told me this day would come.
Should I look forward to retirement?
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I wound down slowly: going from charge nurse of a busy ICU to permanent night shift 3 nights a week - my choice of nights. I was still in charge, but only of the shift, so it was much easier. Then I decided to switch to agency nursing which was fabulous. I mostly worked at the same couple of hospitals, so I knew them and they knew me. Then when my back gave out, a little before I had planned to stop working, I didn't really mind. That was 14 years ago now and life is pretty good.
I love it myself and highly recommend it.ReplyDelete
I'm still working at age 63 and like it! no thoughts of retirement here!ReplyDelete
My last day is 12/31.ReplyDelete
looking forward to it, but at the same time it is rather daunting!
Like Rozzie, my back bothers me, and sitting at a desk all day doesn't help at all.
So I am standing up and walking into the sunset!