A friend posted on Facebook about her grandson starting school for the first time, he will graduate high school in the class of 2034, University in 2038, if he goes to Medical School he will finish his training and specialization when statistically I am dead.
Sweet fellow blogger Spo posted recently on the topic of sometimes wanting to run away from it all. I posted a comment about a co-worker who very dramatically quit a job one day - pissing all over the conference table on his way out the door - kind of the ultimate running away - or setting fire to a public building. Not really the exit most of us want, not the way we want to be remembered - though he will never be forgotten by those who were in the office that morning. Yet we probably all have those moments of frustration when we dream about a dramatic exit.
I had a couple of those moments this week, with wonky computer issues, and stupid responses from technical support. I am fairly open about my plans to retire, and my intended timing. One of the advantages of leaving when I want, the way I want, will be to avoid standing up one day and shouting, "I AM TOO OLD FOR THIS SHIT, AND I AM NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!"
Months of working at home, were good practice for retirement. Getting out for walks, doing the shopping, taking photos, blogging, reading and writing are all things that will fill my time. I look forward to being able to travel without time constraints. The last trip we did to Europe was in March, really off season, hotels were cheap(er,) airline seats easy to get, places were not crowded. When J was teaching off season travel was only an option when he was on sabbatical or leave every 7 years or so, and we did a couple of those winter trips. The constraint now is only being away for a couple of weeks at a time. I look forward to planning a trip and not having an end date before I start planning.
I just need to stay healthy enough and live long enough to enjoy some of this. Getting old is not easy.