Retirement is Coming!!! Am I Ready??
In my last post in September, I told you that I would keep you posted on my pending retirement. So here it is. This waiting for retirement t is proving to not be as easy as I thought. When it was 18 months away, I loved the idea. The worrying about the financial aspects of whether or not I could afford retirement was gone and the thoughts of all the things I could do with my time when I didn’t have a nine to five workday five days a week were starting to form.
I made a decision back then to work four days a week. I loved it…even though I never accomplished all that I planned to do. Not once. Then six months came and the countdown started…five months, four months, three, two, one. And now I’m down to seven working days left. Now the panic is starting to set in. OMG!! I hear those words of my dear friend, Nancy saying to me “Am I sure?” And now in these last days, “AM I SURE” along with the fluttering butterflies keep running through my head. OMG!! What am I doing?
I have come to the conclusion retirement is like starting a new job. You don’t know what the job expectations are going to be. What are all my duties? What’s the dress like? Is my new boss going to be the same as he/she was when I first met him/her? Are the people going to be friendly?
I’m trying to answer all these questions. What are all my duties going to be? That’s a tough one… I have so many plans and ideas for things I want to accomplish, I hope I can fulfill them all. What’s the dress like? The most comfortable cozy clothes I can find in my closet. My new boss? Well, I like myself and my own company, so I’m not worried about that part. Are the people going to be friendly? There’s only me and as long as I don’t have a meltdown on my first day alone, I should be good. And the job expectations? That is the worst one to think about. I am working on that—I have many projects that I want to take on, many new things I want to learn. But I need to go through the process of planning, time management and setting specific, measurable, and realistic goals so that I don’t get too overwhelmed by all my projects and end up not accomplishing anything.
I am so happy that my husband and I are going on vacation right away. The day after my last day of work, we leave on a three week trip to Europe ending in London where we will spend Christmas. I am actually crossing off some items on my bucket list. When we return in late December and when January 2 comes around I’ll be a little calmer and more prepared.
I said this before, more and more people look at retirement as part of a continuing life journey. Jane Fonda, now 70, refers to it as The Third Act. I believe that, and am planning on doing my best make this Third Act the best I can. But I also believe that in order to thrive on this journey called life there are three things we need to be happy—Growth, Purpose, and Connection. That I will have to figure out. Right now, I still don’t have all the answers but the butterflies are slowly starting to circle in formation. AND I WILL FLY. Just watch me.
I’ll keep you posted. I promise to share with you all about our trip and all the excitement of Christmas in Europe and London.
Are you retired? Is retirement all you hoped for and more? Any words of encouragement or any thoughts to help me over this bump in the road called life are certainly appreciated.