The Journey Continues

It was time.  I was waiting for the perfect moment to turn in my paperwork to announce my intent to retire.  After telling my supervisor, I brought cupcakes in for my co-workers with a note announcing my retirement.  Over the previous six months there had been several announcements about pending births that were met with enthusiasm and rounds of congratulations. Three hours passed, I received one congratulations from a co-worker.  Some never said anything and another was jealous.  No mention was ever made of the years I had worked or the contributions I had made.  Throughout the coming months I received comments such as “I wish I was retiring” or “where will you be moving to”.  To which I responded “you do know you have to be older to retire or very wealthy” and “there are no plans to move right now”.    It was a relief to turn in my paperwork.  After months of thinking about retiring and not saying anything I could now talk about it.  After a few years of uncertainty whether I would have a job I could retire with grace and on my own terms.  

The concept of retirement meant a change in how I worked.  It certainly did not mean I would sit around on a rocking chair overlooking a beach or in my case the mountains day after day.  I knew I needed to stay busy and find activities which had meaning to me.  The first three years of retirement were an adjustment.   At times I felt stuck, uncertain and perhaps a little depressed that I didn’t know what I wanted to do despite having created a list of things that interested me.  The first three years of retirement included our son graduating from college, some health issues, a pandemic and uncertainty as how I was going to navigate this change.

2 thoughts on “The Journey Continues

  1. This is my first year of retirement and I have lots of questions, worries and concerns. I’m not accomplishing things I thought I would, or at least not as fast as I thought I could. I’m not exercising like I thought I would. As a matter of fact, I feel pretty lazy. I blame the pandemic, but what if this is just me without the drive I had when working?

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    1. pegood59

      Thanks for reading my post. I felt like should be doing more during my first months of retirement. When I talked to other retirees they said that it takes time, even a couple of years. They were right and it took me two years to finally move forward. Good luck to you and give yourself a break.

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